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Around the world in 80 books

Ready for an epic #LiteraryAdventure?

Explore the world of literature by transporting yourself to the furthest corners of the globe, through the pages of eighty superb novels.

Discover which type of literary traveller you are by ticking off any of the 80 books you have read. We’ll then calculate your score, which you can share and compare with fellow booklovers and travellers.

Let's start our adventure in Africa Remember to tick the ones you have read so we can calculate your result.

  • Algeria

    The Little Prince

    by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

    On one level this work is the story of an airman's discovery of a small boy from another planet in the desert and his stories of intergalactic travel, and on the other hand it is a thought-provoking allegory of the human condition.

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  • Egypt

    The Alchemist

    by Paulo Coelho

    A global phenomenon, The Alchemist has been read and loved by over 62 million readers, topping bestseller lists in 74 countries worldwide. Now this magical fable is beautifully repackaged in an edition that lovers of Paulo Coelho will want to treasure forever.

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  • Ethiopia

    Cutting For Stone

    by Abraham Verghese

    Marion and Shiva Stone, born in a mission hospital in Ethiopia in the 1950s, are twin sons of an illicit union between an Indian nun and British doctor. Bound by birth but with widely different temperaments they grow up together, in a country on the brink of revolution, until a betrayal splits them apart. But fate has not finished with them.

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  • Ivory Coast

    Waiting For The Wild Beasts To Vote

    by Ahmadou Kourouma

    Orphaned at the age of seven, Koyaga grows up to be a terrible hunter; he fights mystical beasts, and is a shape-shifter, capable of changing himself into beasts and birds. He fights in the French colonial armies. Over the course of five nights, this title tells the life story of Koyaga, President and Dictator of the Gulf Coast.

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  • Kenya

    Wizard of the Crow

    by Ngugi Wa Thiong'o

    Set in the fictional Free Republic of Aburiria, this book dramatises with searing humour and piercing observation a battle for control of the souls of the Aburirian people.

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  • Madagascar

    The Aye-Aye and I

    by Gerald Durrell

    In the gloom it came along the branches towards me, its round, hypnotic eyes blazing, its spoon-like ears turning to and fro independently like radar dishes was Lewis Carroll's Jabberwocky come to life of the most incredible creatures I had ever been privileged to meet.

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  • Mali

    Nomad's Hotel

    by Cees Nooteboom

    Offers a collection of travel pieces that takes us from the exotic by way of Gambia, Mali and Isfahan, to the seemingly domesticated vistas of Australia and Zurich, and finds poetry and beauty in them all. This book is a record of a world class traveller's many discoveries and insights and perfect holiday, and armchair, reading.

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  • Morocco

    Hideous Kinky

    by Esther Freud

    Two little girls are taken by their mother to Morocco on a 1960s pilgrimage of self-discovery. For Mum, it is not just an escape from the grinding conventions of English life but a quest for personal fulfilment; her children, however, seek something more solid and stable amidst the shifting desert sands.

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  • Nigeria

    Half of a Yellow Sun

    by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

    Winner of the Baileys Prize 'Best of the Best', this is a heartbreaking, exquisitely written literary masterpiece by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

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  • South Africa


    by J. M. Coetzee

    A divorced, middle-aged English professor finds himself increasingly unable to resist affairs with his female students. When discovered by the college authorities he is expected to apologize to save his job, but instead he refuses and resigns, retiring to live with his daughter on her remote farm.

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  • Zimbabwe

    Out of Shadows

    by Jason Wallace

    For Robert Jacklin - packed off without warning to boarding school in Zimbabwe - everything is terrifyingly new. Branded an outsider from the moment he opens his mouth and unable to decode the subtle power struggles of the classroom, he longs for the safety of his old life in England. And then he meets Ivan.

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  • Argentina


    by Nicholas Fraser and Marysa Navarro

    A brand new edition of this classic Deutsch biography of Eva Peron. Eva Peron was a legend in her own lifetime and since her death in 1952 the legends have proliferated. By the end of the twentieth century she had been immortalised on stage and screen and is now regarded as one of the strongest, most idolised female icons of last century.

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  • Brazil

    City of God

    by Paulo Lins

    Now available in English for the first time, "City of God" is the searing novel upon which the acclaimed hit film was based.

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  • Canada

    The Shipping News

    by Annie Proulx

    Annie Proulx's highly acclaimed, international bestseller and Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. Quoyle is a hapless, hopeless hack journalist living and working in New York. When his no-good wife is killed in a spectacular road accident, Quoyle heads for the land of his forefathers - the remotest corner of far-flung Newfoundland.

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  • Chile

    By Night In Chile

    by Roberto Bolano

    During the course of a single night, Father Sebastian Urrutia Lacroix, a Chilean priest, who is a member of Opus Dei, a literary critic and a mediocre poet, relives some of the crucial events of his life. He believes he is dying and in his feverish delirium various characters, both real and imaginary, appear to him as icy monsters.

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  • Colombia

    One Hundred Years of Solitude

    by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

    Though little more than a settlement surrounded by mountains, Macondo has its wars and disasters, even its wonders and miracles. A microcosm of Columbian life, its secrets lie hidden, encoded in a book and only Aureliano Buendia can fathom its mysteries and reveal its shrouded destiny.

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  • Cuba

    The Old Man and the Sea

    by Ernest Hemingway

    The old man has gone 84 days without catching a fish, everything about him is old except his eyes, they are the colour of the sea. He finally catches a fish, but this is no ordinary fish, nor is his fierce and determined response.

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  • Ecuador

    The Condor and the Cows

    by Christopher Isherwood

    In September 1947, long before mass tourism and with no knowledge of Spanish, the author and William Caskey left for a six-month tour of Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, and Argentina. This title offers an account of that journey, during which he bumped into a handful of old acquaintances on a brand-new continent.

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  • Greenland

    First Light

    by Rebecca Stead

    Peter can't wait to join his parents on an expedition to the ice caps of Greenland to study global warming. But while he's there, he begins to suspect there might be another reason for this trip other than scientific research. And in another world, there is Thea, who lives with her family under the ice, and is desperate to see what's above it.

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  • Hawaii

    The Descendants

    by Kaui Hart Hemmings

    A descendant of one of Hawaii's largest landowners, Matt King finds his luck changed when his wife Joanie falls into a coma, victim of a boating accident. Matt is left in sole charge of his two daughters, teenage ex-model and recovering drug addict Alex, and Scottie, a feisty ten-year-old. And then Matt discovers Joanie has been having an affair.

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  • Jamaica

    How Stella Got Her Groove Back

    by Terry McMillan

    In a best-selling novel by the author of Waiting to Exhale, Stella, a sexy, sassy, and successful African-American woman, describes how an affair with a younger man transforms her life. It's more than a love story, it is ultimately a novel about how a woman saves her own life - and what she must risk to do it.

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  • Mexico

    Under the Volcano

    by Malcolm Lowry

    It is the fiesta 'Day of the Dead' in the small Mexican town of Quauhnahuac. In the shadow of the volcano, ragged children beg coins to buy skulls made of chocolate, ugly pariah dogs roam the streets and Geoffrey Firmin - ex-consul, ex-husband, an alcoholic and a ruined man - is living out the last day of his life.

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  • Nicaragua

    The Jaguar Smile

    by Salman Rushdie

    Presents a portrait of the people, the politics, the land, and the poetry of Nicaragua. This book brings to the forefront the palpable human facts of a country in the midst of revolution. It shows us the true Nicaragua, where nothing is simple, everything is contested, and life-or-death struggles are an everyday occurrence.

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  • Paraguay

    At the Tomb of the Inflatable Pig

    by John Gimlette

    Paraguay - the name conjures up everything most exotic and extreme in South America. It's a place of hellish jungles, dictators, fraudsters and Nazis, utopian experiments, missionaries and lurid coups. This book reveals Paraguay as the most beautiful and captivating countries in the world.

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  • United States

    The Great Gatsby

    by F. Scott Fitzgerald

    A summary of the "roaring twenties", and a expose of the "Jazz Age", this book, through the narration of Nick Carraway, takes the reader into the world of the mansions which lined the Long Island shore in the 1920s, to encounter Nick's cousin Daisy, her brash but wealthy husband Tom Buchanan, Jay Gatsby and the mystery that surrounds him.

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  • Afghanistan

    The Kite Runner

    by Khaled Hosseini

    Afghanistan, 1975: Twelve-year-old Amir is desperate to win the local kite-fighting tournament and his loyal friend Hassan promises to help him. But neither of the boys can foresee what will happen to Hassan that afternoon, an event that is to shatter their lives. After the Russians invade and the family is forced to flee to America, Amir realises that one day he must return to Afghanistan under Taliban rule to find the one thing that his new world cannot grant him: redemption.

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  • Borneo

    Into the Heart of Borneo

    by Redmond O'Hanlon

    'We've left a lot of men in Borneo - know what I mean?' With their SAS trainer's warnings ringing in their ears, the naturalist, Redmond O'Hanlon, and the poet, James Fenton, set out to rediscover the lost rhinoceros of Borneo. They were loaded with enough back-breaking kit to survive two months in a steaming 95degree jungle.

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  • Burma

    The Lizard Cage

    by Karen Connelly

    Teza once electrified the people of Burma with his protest songs against the dictatorship. Arrested by the Burmese secret police in the days of mass protest, he is seven years into a twenty-year sentence in solitary confinement, cut off from his family and contact with other prisoners.

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  • Cambodia

    I Have Seen The World Begin

    by Carsten Jensen

    Carsten Jensen's epic journey takes him through China, Cambodia and Vietnam, with many pauses on his way to meditate on the history and customs of the people he meets.

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  • China

    Wild Swans

    by Jung Chang

    Few books have had such an impact as Wild Swans: a popular bestseller which has sold more than 13 million copies and a critically acclaimed history of China; a tragic tale of nightmarish cruelty and an uplifting story of bravery and survival.

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  • India

    Life of PI

    by Yann Martel

    What happens when a cargo ship sinks in the Pacific Ocean, leaving only one lifeboat of survivors? And what happens if those survivors are a hyena, a zebra, a female orang-utan and a Bengal tiger called Richard Parker? Sixteen-year-old Pi 'Piscine' Patel is about to find out ...

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  • Indonesia

    Eat, Pray, Love

    by Elizabeth Gilbert

    Elizabeth Gilbert is in her thirties, she has a husband, a house, they're trying for a baby - and she doesn't want any of it. A divorce and a turbulent love affair later, she emerges battered and bewildered and realises it is time to pursue her own journey in search of three things she has been missing: pleasure, devotion and balance.

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  • Iraq

    The Sirens of Baghdad

    by Yasmina Khadra

    Forced to leave the University of Baghdad when the Americans invade Iraq, a young man returns home, where he witnesses violence by American soldiers. Consumed by revenge, he finds himself part of a terrorist operation which will take him to London. But as the time to board the plane draws near, he struggles to reconcile himself to his mission.

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  • Japan

    Memoirs Of A Geisha

    by Arthur Golden

    Summoning up more than 20 years of Japan's most dramatic history, the geisha's story uncovers a hidden world of eroticism and enchantment, exploitation and degradation. It moves from a small fishing village in 1929 to the glamorous and decadent Kyoto of the 30s and on to postwar New York.

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  • Lebanon

    Gate of the Sun

    by Elias Khoury

    In a makeshift hospital in a refugee camp on the outskirts of Beirut, Yunis, an aging Palestinian freedom fighter, lies in a coma. His spiritual son, Dr Khaleel nurses the older man, refusing to admit that his hero may never regain consciousness. This work interweaves many true-life tales collected throughout Lebanon and its refugee camps.

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  • Malaysia

    The Garden of Evening Mists

    by Tan Twan Eng

    The international bestseller, winner of the Man Asian Literary Prize 2012 and the 2013 Walter Scott Prize for historical fiction and shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2012 and the 2014 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award

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  • North Korea

    The Orphan Master's Son

    by Adam Johnson

    Pak Jun Do knows he is special. He knows he must be the son of the master of the orphanage, not some kid dumped by his parents - it was obvious from the way his father singled him out for beatings. He knows he is special when he is picked as a spy and kidnapper for his country, the glorious Democratic Republic of North Korea.

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  • Pakistan

    I Am Malala

    by Malala Yousafzai and Christina Lamb

    The bestselling memoir of youngest ever NOBEL PRIZE winner, Malala Yousafzai, the schoolgirl who stood up to the Taliban.

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  • Russia

    One Night in Winter

    by Simon Sebag Montefiore

    As Stalin and his courtiers celebrate victory over Hitler, shots ring out. On a nearby bridge, a teenage boy and girl lie dead. But this is no ordinary tragedy and these are no ordinary teenagers, but the children of Russia's most important leaders who attend the most exclusive school in Moscow. Is it murder?

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  • Saudi Arabia

    Girls of Riyadh

    by Rajaa Alsanea

    The girls of Riyadh are young, attractive and living by Saudi Arabia's strict cultural traditions. In-between sneaking out behind their parents' backs, dating, watching American TV and having fun, they're still trying to be good little Muslim girls. That is, pleasing their families. But can you be a twenty-first century girl and a Saudi girl?

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  • South Korea

    The Poet

    by Yi Mun-yol

    When the King's treacherous governor is recaptured by royal troops and executed, his sons and grandsons are also condemned to death. They survive, but find they have lost their place in society. Kim, the younger grandson, is consigned to a life of vagrancy and begging as a wandering poet.

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  • Sri Lanka

    Anil's Ghost

    by Michael Ondaatje

    Transports us to Sri Lanka, a country steeped in centuries of tradition, now forced into the late twentieth century by the ravages of a bloody civil war.

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  • Syria

    In Praise of Hatred

    by Khaled Khalifa

    1980s Syria, our young narrator is living a secluded life behind the veil in the vast and perfumed house of her grandparents in Aleppo. Her three aunts, Maryam the pious one; Safaa, the liberal; and the free-spirited Marwa, bring her up with the aid of their ever-devoted blind servant.

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  • Taiwan

    Love in a Fallen City

    by Eileen Chang

    Collects the stories that combine an unsettled, probing, utterly contemporary sensibility, keenly alert to sexual politics and psychological ambiguity, with an intense lyricism that echoes the classics of Chinese literature.

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  • Thailand

    The Beach

    by Alex Garland

    Richard lands in East Asia in search of an earthly utopia. In Thailand, he is given a map promising an unknown island, a secluded beach - and a new way of life. What Richard finds when he gets there is breathtaking: more extraordinary, more frightening than his wildest dreams. But how long can paradise survive here on Earth?

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  • Uzbekistan

    The Railway

    by Hamid Ismailov

    Set mainly in Uzbekistan between 1900 and 1980, this title introduces the inhabitants of the small town of Gilas on the ancient Silk Route. It chronicles the dramatic changes that felt throughout Central Asia in the early twentieth century.

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  • Vietnam

    Born On The Fourth Of July

    by Ron Kovic

    Kovic's powerful and moving new introduction sets this classic antiwar story in a contemporary context.

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  • Yemen

    Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

    by Paul Torday

    An extraordinary, beguiling bestselling tale of fly-fishing and political spinning, of unexpected heroism and late-blooming love...

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  • Albania

    A Girl in Exile

    by Ismail Kadare

    Rudian Stefa is called in for questioning by the Party Committee. An unknown girl - Linda B has been found dead, with a signed copy of his latest book in her possession. Rudian remembers writing the dedication at the request of Linda's friend, who has since become his mistress but has now disappeared.

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  • Austria

    The Third Man and the Fallen Idol

    by Graham Greene

    Tells the chilling story of a small boy caught up in the games that adults play. Left in the care of the butler and his wife whilst his parents go on a fortnight's holiday, Philip realises too late the danger of lies and deceit. But the truth is even deadlier.

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  • Belgium

    On Black Sisters' Street

    by Chika Unigwe

    Sisi, Ama, Efe and Joyce are prostitutes, the girls who stand in the windows of the red-light district, promising to make men's dreams come true - if only for half an hour and fifty euros. The murder of Sisi, the most enigmatic of the women, shatters their already fragile world.

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  • Bosnia

    The Bosnia List

    by Kenan Trebincevic

    This poignant, searing memoir chronicles Kenan's miraculous escape from the brutal ethnic cleansing campaign that swept the former Yugoslavia.

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  • Cyprus

    Journey Into Cyprus

    by Colin Thubron

    Describes a journey on foot around Cyprus, an island.This book intertwines myth, history and personal anecdote in a quest from which the characters and places, architecture and landscape all come alive.

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  • Czech Republic

    All That Man Is

    by David Szalay

    Nine men. Each of them at a different stage of life, each of them away from home, and each of them striving - in the suburbs of Prague, beside a Belgian motorway, in a cheap Cypriot hotel - to understand just what it means to be alive, here and now. Bringing these separate lives together, this book intends to show us men as they are.

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  • Denmark


    by William Shakespeare

    Set in the Kingdom of Denmark, Hamlet is not only one of Shakespeare's greatest plays, but also the most fascinatingly problematical tragedy in world literature.

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  • England

    Bridget Jones's Diary

    by Helen Fielding

    Welcome to Bridget's first diary: mercilessly funny, endlessly touching and utterly addictive.

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  • Finland

    Your Presence is Requested at Suvanto

    by Maile Chapman

    In a remote, piney wood in Finland stands a convalescent hospital called Suvanto. The upper floors house foreign women of privilege, tended to by Sunny Taylor, an American who has fled an ill-starred life, only to retreat behind a mask of crisp professionalism.

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  • France


    by Joanne Harris

    When an exotic stranger, Vianne Rocher, arrives in the French village of Lansquenet and opens a chocolate boutique directly opposite the church, Father Reynaud denounces her as a serious moral danger to his flock - especially as it is the beginning of Lent, the traditional season of self-denial.

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  • Germany

    The Book Thief

    by Markus Zusak

    Liesel, a nine-year-old girl, is living with a foster family on Himmel Street. Her parents have been taken away to a concentration camp. Liesel steals books. This book is a story of: a girl; an accordionist; some fanatical Germans; a Jewish fist fighter; and quite a lot of thievery.

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  • Greece

    Captain Corelli's Mandolin

    by Louis de Bernieres

    It is 1941 and Captain Antonio Corelli, a young Italian officer, is posted to the Greek island of Cephallonia as part of the occupying forces. At first he is ostracised by the locals, but as a conscientious but far from fanatical soldier, whose main aim is to have a peaceful war, he proves in time to be civilised, and a consumate musician.

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  • Iceland

    Burial Rites

    by Hannah Kent

    'This compelling, ripped-from-real-life tale reminds me of Margaret Atwood's Alias Grace' Karin Slaughter, best-selling author of Kisscut

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  • Ireland

    A Girl is a Half-formed Thing

    by Eimear McBride

    Tells the story of a young woman's relationship with her brother, and the long shadow cast by his childhood brain tumour.

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  • Italy

    Angels And Demons

    by Dan Brown

    CERN Institute, Switzerland: a world-renowned scientist is found brutally murdered with a mysterious symbol seared onto his chest. The Vatican, Rome: the College of Cardinals assembles to elect a new pope. Somewhere beneath them, an unstoppable bomb of terrifying power relentlessly counts down to oblivion.

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  • Netherlands

    The Fault in Our Stars

    by John Green

    Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten.

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  • Norway

    Norwegian Wood

    by Lars Mytting

    The phenomenal bestseller - 100,000+ copies - Everything you wanted to know about chopping, stacking and drying wood.

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  • Poland

    House of Day, House of Night

    by Olga Tokarczuk

    Nowa Ruda is a small town in Silesia, an area that has been a part of Poland, Germany and the former Czechoslovakia in the past. When the narrator of this novel moves into the area, she discovers everyone - and everything - has its own story.

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  • Portugal

    Journey to Portugal

    by Jose Saramago

    Crossing his native land from northeast to southwest, Jose Saramago explores the villages and towns of Portugal and discovers what it is that binds him to his country and his people.

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  • Romania


    by Bram Stoker and Ang Lee

    When Jonathan Harker visits Transylvania to help Count Dracula purchase a London house, he makes horrifying discoveries in his client's castle. Soon afterwards, disturbing incidents unfold in England: a ship runs aground on the shores of Whitby, its crew vanished; and the lunatic Renfield raves about the imminent arrival of his 'master'.

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  • Scotland

    Trainspotting Film Tie-in

    by Irvine Welsh

    This novel looks at life in the dark underside of Edinburgh, the AIDS capital of Europe, through the jaded eyes and harsh vernacular of heroin addict Mark Renton, who is sick of his friends, sick with the city and its deserted docklands, and above all sick with himself.

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  • Spain

    The Shadow of the Wind

    by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

    A stunning literary thriller in the tradition of Umberto Eco. The discovery of a forgotten book leads to a hunt for an elusive author who may or may not still be alive...

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  • Sweden

    The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

    by Stieg Larsson

    The internationally bestselling trilogy - reissued to tie in with the long-awaited continuation of one of the major publishing phenomenons of modern times

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  • Turkey


    by Orhan Pamuk

    A portrait of Istanbul that guides us across the Bosphorus, through Istanbul's historical monuments and lost paradises, its dilapidated Ottoman villas, back streets and waterways. It also introduces us to the city's writers, artists and murderers.

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  • Ukraine

    Death And The Penguin

    by Andrey Kurkov

    Viktor, with only his pet penguin for company, composes obituaries for the local newspaper, even though their subjects cling to life. When he sees his work in print for the first time, his pride turns to terror. He and Misha are drawn into a trap from which there appears to be no escape.

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  • Wales

    The Owl Service

    by Alan Garner

    Winner of both the Guardian Award and the Carnegie Medal, this is an all-time classic, combining mystery, adventure, history and a complex set of human relationships. Featuring a new introduction by Philip Pullman.

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  • Australia

    A Town Like Alice

    by Nevil Shute Norway

    Jean Paget is just twenty years old and working in Malaya when the Japanese invasion begins. When she is captured she joins a group of other European women and children whom the Japanese force to march for miles through the jungle - an experience that leads to the deaths of many.

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  • New Zealand

    The Luminaries

    by Eleanor Catton

    The astonishing and epic novel that won the 2013 Man Booker Prize. "An immense feat of structuring and plotting which means that this novel starts as a gentle stroll and ends with the exhilarating sense of running downhill ... Ambitious, intricate, spectacular." The Independent

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  • Papua New Guinea

    Throwim Way Leg

    by Tim Flannery

    Presents the author's adventures, as he meets skilled hunters and befriends a shaman, climbs mountains, discovers new species and stumbles across the giant bones of extinct marsupials. This work also talks about the fate of indigenous people when their intricate cultures collide with mining companies and the high-tech modern world.

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  • Tasmania

    In Tasmania

    by Nicholas Shakespeare

    Weaves the history of this island with stories featuring a cast of characters from Errol Flynn to the King of Iceland, a village full of Chat wins and, a family of Shakespeare's. What makes this more than a personal quest is Shakespeare's discovery that, despite the nineteen century purges, the Tasmanian Aborigines were not, entirely wiped out.

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