The Joys of Train Travel: An Interview with Monisha Rajesh

Monisha Rajesh is a British journalist and travel writer. Her first book, Around India in 80 Trains, was selected by The Independent as one of the top ten books on India in 2012. Monisha’s second book, Around the World in 80 Trains, won the 2020 National Geographic Traveller Book of the Year and was shortlisted …

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Outlandish—Walking Europe’s Unlikely Landscapes: Nick Hunt

Published by John Murray Press “...the idea that wonder, mystery, awe, new worlds and undiscovered realms might lie a train ride away, rather than on a carbon-intensive flight to the far side of the globe, opened up possibilities for a different type of travel. What other unlikely landscapes might be lurking out there, ready to …

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Tomb of Sand: Geetanjali Shree

Translated from Hindi by Daisy RockwellPublished by Tilted Axis Press Tomb of Sand is the story of Ma, an 80-year-old woman who comes into her own after spending her life in roles dictated by society: as daughter, wife, mother and grandmother. When the book begins, Ma’s husband has died. So she takes to her bed, …

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This Tilting World: Colette Fellous

Translated from French by Sophie LewisPublished by Les Fugitives “[B]ut now it’s over, my novel is damaged, the world is damaged, I too am deeply wounded, something has happened here, something real, but everything can still begin, everything can begin again, I firmly believe it... “I must tell this before tomorrow, I must bear witness …

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Mother’s Beloved—Stories from Laos: Outhine Bounyavong

Translated from Lao by Bounheng Inversin, Roger Rumpf, Jacqui Chagnon, Thipason Phimviengkham and William GallowayPublished by University of Washington Press A poor cobbler finds a way to make his contribution to his country's war effort; a young man offers strangers lifts on his bicycle; and a young woman tries to return a silver belt she …

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XX—A Novel, Graphic: Rian Hughes

Published by Picador “...the Signal might already have the ability to manipulate its environment in subtle ways. In minds, where it can be thought, an idea can finally find some kind of expression. It can influence the behaviour of the person who thinks it. It can inspire people to spread the idea. We become missionaries …

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Domestic Thrillers and Rural Communities: An Interview with Gail Anderson-Dargatz

Gail Anderson-Dargatz is a Canadian writer. Her first novel, The Cure for Death by Lightning, won the UK’s Betty Trask Award, the BC Book Prize for Fiction, and the VanCity Book Prize, and was a finalist for the Chapters/Books in Canada First Novel Award, and a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. Her other books …

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The Almost Wife: Gail Anderson-Dargatz

Published by Harper Avenue “What you see in the bush is rarely what’s really there.” Kira is engaged to the handsome and rich Aaron with whom she has a child, Evie. They live in a beautiful house with Olive, Aaron’s 13-year-old daughter from his first marriage. Aaron loves his daughters and seems to be a …

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The Amur River—Between Russia and China: Colin Thubron

Published by Chatto & Windus “Across the heart of Asia, at the ancient convergence of steppe and forest, the grasslands of Mongolia move towards Siberia in a grey-green sea. ... “Somewhere deep in this hinterland rises one of the most formidable rivers on earth. It drains a basin twice the size of Pakistan, and more …

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Lucina’s Letters: Barbara Francesca Murphy

Published by Austin Macauly Publishers Three girls playing in a forest are pestered by a young boy. When they cannot get rid of him, they throw him into a nearby river to teach him a lesson. They expect him to crawl out, repentant. But the boy drowns. When the girls realize they have killed him, …

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