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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

    My brother, Shiva, and I came into the world in the late afternoon of the twentieth of September in the year of grace 1954. We took our first breaths in the thick air of Addis Ababa, capital city of Ethiopia. No surgeon can heal the would that divides two brothers. Where silk and steel fail, story must succeed. To begin at the beginning...

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  • Ivory Coast

    Waiting For The Wild Beasts To Vote

    by Ahmadou Kourouma

    Ahmadou Kourouma's remarkable novel is narrated by Bingo, a West African sora - storyteller and king's fool.Part magic, part history, part savage satire, Waiting for the Wild Beasts to Vote is nothing less than a history of post-colonial Africa itself.

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  • Kenya

    Wizard of the Crow

    by Ngugi wa Thiong'o

    Set in the fictional Free Republic of Aburiria, Wizard of the Crow dramatises with searing humour and piercing observation a battle for control of the souls of the Aburirian people. Fashioning the stories of the powerful and the ordinary into a dazzling mosaic, Ngugi wa Thiog'o reveals humanity in all its surprising intricacy.

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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 ...it was Lewis Carroll's Jabberwocky come to life ...one of the most incredible creatures I had ever been privileged to meet.

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  • Mali

    Nomad's Hotel

    by Cees Nooteboom

    This absurdly enjoyable collection of travel pieces by one of the world's most entertaining writers 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.

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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

    Disgrace

    by J. M. Coetzee

    After years teaching Romantic poetry at the Technical University of Cape Town, David Lurie, middle-aged and twice divorced, has an impulsive affair with a student. Willing to admit his guilt, but refusing to yield to pressure to repent publicly, he resigns and retreats to his daughter Lucy's isolated smallholding.

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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. As Robert is drawn slowly into Ivan's destructive web, he begins to question things he'd always held true and, as Ivan's grip tightens, he finds himself caught up in something far more dangerous than he could have imagined.

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  • Argentina

    Evita

    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.

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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

    Set in the Gulf Stream off the coast of Havana, Hemingway's magnificent fable is the story of an old man, a young boy and a giant fish. It was The Old Man and the Sea that won for Hemingway the Nobel Prize for Literature.

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  • Ecuador

    The Condor and the Cows

    by Christopher Isherwood

    WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY PICO IYERIn September 1947, long before mass tourism and with no knowledge of Spanish, Christopher Isherwood and William Caskey left for a six-month tour of Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, and Argentina.

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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.And in another world, there is Thea, who lives with her family under the ice, and is desperate to see what's above it. When Thea and Peter meet, two worlds will collide, and a host of secrets will be released.

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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 fun-loving, flighty wife Joanie falls into a coma, victim of a boating accident.

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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

    In this brilliantly focused and haunting portrait of the people, the politics, the land, and the poetry of Nicaragua, Salman Rushdie brings to the forefront the palpable human facts of a country in the midst of revolution.

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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. But Paraguay, as revealed in this outstanding new travel book, is among the most beautiful and captivating countries in the world. Discover more about the unique traditions of South American culture through this fascinating piece of travel journalism.

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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. Even though his server, the criminal Sein Yun, sees compromising the singer as a ticket out of jail, Teza befriends him, risking falling into the trap of forbidden conversation, food and the most dangerous contraband of all, paper and pen.

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  • Cambodia

    I Have Seen The World Begin

    by Carsten Jensen

    With a profound sense of the sweep of history, Jensen contemplates the rise and fall of empires and cultures, the birth of new generations, new societies, and indeed a whole new world.

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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

    The 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 to his small desert village, where he witnesses three unspeakable acts of violence committed by American soldiers. Before long, he finds himself part of a terrorist operation which will take him to London.

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  • Japan

    Memoirs Of A Geisha

    by Arthur Golden

    Her memoirs conjure up the perfection and the ugliness of life behind rice-paper screens, where young girls learn the arts of geisha - dancing and singing, how to wind the kimono, how to walk and pour tea, and how to beguile the land's most powerful men.

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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 --- who has no real medical qualifications - nurses the older man, refusing to admit that his hero may never regain consciousness.

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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

    WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE FOR FICTION 2013 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERNATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST'You know you are in the hands of someone who can tell a story ... fantastic' ZADIE SMITH'Excavates the very meaning of life' New York TimesPak Jun Do knows he is special.

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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

    If your children were forced to testify against you, what terrible secrets would they reveal? Directed by Stalin himself, an investigation begins as children are arrested and forced to testify against their friends - and their parents.

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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

    The Poet tells the story of Kim, the younger grandson, who is consigned to a life of wandering and vagrancy even as he struggles for recognition as a poet, who is constantly tempted to make compromises - to the point of betraying his own family - to survive as an artist and a free spirit.

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  • Sri Lanka

    Anil's Ghost

    by Michael Ondaatje

    Anil's Ghost 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. Witnessing the crackdowns of the ruling dictatorship against Muslims, she is filled with hatred for her oppressors, and becomes increasingly fundamentalist.

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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, The Railway introduces to us the inhabitants of the small town of Gilas on the ancient Silk Route. At the heart of both the town and the novel stands the railway station - a source of income and influence, and a connection to the greater world beyond the town.

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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

    WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY IAN THOMSONThe Third Man is Graham Greene's brilliant recreation of post-war Vienna, a 'smashed dreary city' occupied by the four Allied powers. Rollo Martins, a second-rate novelist, arrives penniless to visit his friend and hero, Harry Lime.

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  • Belgium

    On Black Sisters' Street

    by Chika Unigwe

    Four very different women have made their way from Africa to Brussels. Efe, whose efforts to earn her keep are motivated by a particular zeal - slowly begin to share their stories.

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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

    The people, their history and the beauty of an island on the brink of tragedy. Colin Thubron intertwines myth, history and personal anecdote in a quest from which the characters and places, architecture and landscape all spring vividly to the reader's eye.

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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

    Hamlet

    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

    Meet Bridget, the original Singleton, as she records her hopes, dreams and Chardonnay consumption.

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  • Finland

    Your Presence is Requested at Suvanto

    by Maile Chapman

    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. Sunny takes it upon herself to pierce the mystery of Julia's reserve, but soon Julia's tightly coiled anger places her at the centre of the ward's tangled life...

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  • France

    Chocolat

    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

    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, humorous - and a consumate musician.

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  • Iceland

    Burial Rites

    by Hannah Kent

    Inspired by a true story, Burial Rites follows the final days of a young woman accused of murder in Iceland in 1829.

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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

    In a breathtaking race against time, Harvard professor Robert Langdon must decipher a labyrinthine trail of ancient symbols if he is to defeat those responsible - the Illuminati, a secret brotherhood presumed extinct for nearly four hundred years, reborn to continue their deadly vendetta against their most hated enemy, the Catholic Church.

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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

    From the misty mountains of the north to the southern seascape of the Algarve, the travels of Nobel Laureate Jose Saramago are a passionate rediscovery of his own land.

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  • Romania

    Dracula

    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

    by Irvine Welsh

    'An unremitting powerhouse of a novel that marks the arrival of a major new talent. Trainspotting is a loosely knotted string of jagged, dislocated tales that lay bare the hearts of darkness of the junkies, wide-boys and psychos who ride in the down escalator of opportunity in the nation's capital.

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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

    Istanbul

    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 is an aspiring writer with only Misha, his pet penguin, for company. Although he would prefer to write short stories, he earns a living composing obituaries for a newspaper. But when he opens the newspaper to see his work in print for the first time, his pride swiftly turns to terror.

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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

    WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY ERIC LOMAXJean Paget is just twenty years old and working in Malaya when the Japanese invasion begins. While on the march, the group run into some Australian prisoners, one of whom, Joe Harman, helps them steal some food, and is horrifically punished by the Japanese as a result.

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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

    In this fascinating history of two turbulent centuries in an apparently idyllic place, Shakespeare effortlessly weaves the history of this unique island with a kaleidoscope of stories featuring a cast of unlikely characters from Errol Flynn to the King of Iceland, a village full of Chatwins and, inevitably, a family of Shakespeares.

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