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Sixty Degrees North: Around the World in Search of Home

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by Malachy Tallack
Stanfords Adult Book of the Month June 2016 'Sixty Degrees North is a story that we tell, both to ourselves and to others. It is a story about where - and perhaps also who - we are.'The sixtieth parallel marks a kind of borderland. It wraps itself around the lower reaches of Finland, Sweden and Norway; it crosses the tip of Greenland and of South-central Alaska; it cuts the great spaces ...
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The Un-Discovered Islands: An Archipelago of Myths and Mysteries, Phantoms and Fakes

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by Malachy Tallack
Winner of the Destinations Show Illustrated Travel Book of the Year 2016. Critically acclaimed author Malachy Tallack returns in the autumn of 2016 with The Un-Discovered Islands, an exploration of some of the world's strangest places. Gathered in the book are two dozen islands once believed to be real but no longer on the map. These are the products of imagination, deception and simp...
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Sick Heart River

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by Buchan, John
"Sick Heart River" is John Buchan's most powerful novel and his last, completed days before his death. It was published posthumously in 1941. Buchan's rich descriptions of the rugged Canadian Northwest Territories are influenced by his real-life voyage down the Mackenzie River in 1937. At that time, Buchan was Governor-General of Canada.
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Mr Standfast

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by Buchan, John
'A writer touched by genius' - "The New Criterion". 'Between Kipling and Fleming stands John Buchan ...the father of the modern spy thriller' - Christopher Hitchens. 'Eat your heart out, Jason Bourne' - "Evening Standard". Recalled from active service on the Western Front, Richard Hannay is sent undercover on a crucial secret mission to find a dangerous German agent at large in Britain. Disguise...
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The Girls of Slender Means

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by Spark, Muriel
London, 1945. The girls of slender means are the residents of the May of Teck Club, a genteel yet rather shabby boarding house established for the 'social protection of ladies of slender means below the age of thirty years'. The novel concerns their everyday affairs over a period of a few weeks before a shocking event transforms their lives.
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The Good Pilot, Peter Wodehouse: A Wartime Romance

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by McCall Smith, Alexander
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Black Camp 21

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by Jones, Bill
All over Britain, POW camps are filling up with defeated German soldiers. Every day, thousands more pour in on ships from France. But only the most dangerous are sent to Camp 21 - `black' prisoners - SS diehards who've sworn death before surrender. Nothing will stop their war, unless it's a bullet.
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Appointment in Arezzo: A friendship with Muriel Spark

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by Taylor, Alan
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The Inheritance

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by Kalayil, Sheena
Ben Martin is charming and successful: an academic who has raised money for children's charities and worked with women's agencies in sub- Saharan Africa, a devoted husband. But when his brother Francois, an artist based in Lisbon, finds out about Ben's affair with a student, Rita Kalungal, he finds himself feeling responsible both for his brother's actions as well as Rita; and Rita begins to realise that ...
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A Gathering: A Personal Anthology of Scottish Poems

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by McCall Smith, Alexander
A poem does not have to be famous to be cherished. The best-known poems of Robert Burns have been loved by countless people over the years, but there are other poems that may be largely unknown that will mean a great deal to the few who are familiar with them.
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The Long Path to Wisdom: Tales From Burma

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by Sendker, Jan-Philipp
Jan-Philipp Sendker has visited Myanmar (Burma) for over twenty years and, while doing research for his novels The Art of Hearing Heartbeats and A Well-Tempered Heart, he encountered numerous folktales and fables. These stories reveal the rich mythology and spirituality of the diverse peoples of Burma, and the profound social impact of Buddhist thought. Reminiscent of the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian A...
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Peaks and Troughs: In at the Deep End, High in the Hills

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by Perry, Nick
As 1970 dawns Jack, brother Nick and his family set off from swinging London to fulfil their dream of living off the land in the wild unforgiving hills of North Wales. They know nothing of farming or what battles lie ahead with the weather and their neighbours, or the ingenuity needed to survive.But armed with the Farmer's Weekly and protected by their youthful idealism and sense of the ridiculous they begi...
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A Far Cry From Kensington

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by Spark, Muriel
After young publishing assistant and war widow Mrs Hawkins crosses swords with writer Hector Bartlett the repercussions are swift. Set in postwar
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True North

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by Gavin Francis
The stark, vast beauty of the remote Arctic Europe landscape has been the focus of human exploration for thousands of years. In this striking blend of travel writing, history and mythology, Gavin Francis offers a unique portrait of the northern fringes of Europe. His journey begins in the Shetland Isles, takes him to the Faroes, Iceland, Greenland, Svalbard and on to Lapland. Following in the footsteps of t...
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Magnus

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by George Mackay Brown
First published in 1973 by the Hogarth Press, "Magnus" is George Mackay Brown's tour de force - his most poetic and innovative book. He links the twelfth-century story of the saintly Earl Magnus of Orkney's brutal murder at the hands of his cousin Hakon Paulson, to that of the philosopher Dietrich Bonhoeffer, murdered by the Nazis during World War II. A unique exploration of the eternal questions of guilt, ...
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The Translator

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by Aboulela, Leila
Sammar is a young Sudanese widow, working as an Arabic translator at a British university. Following the sudden death of her husband, and estranged from her young son, she drifts, grieving and isolated. Life takes a positive turn when she finds herself falling in love with Rae, a Scottish academic. To Sammar, he seems to come from another world and another culture, yet they are drawn to each other. "The Tra...
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The Thirty-nine Steps

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by John Buchan
With an introduction by Stuart Kelly. Recently returned from South Africa, adventurer Richard Hannay is bored with life, but after a chance encounter with an American who informs him of an assassination plot and is then promptly murdered in Hannay's London flat, he becomes the obvious suspect and is forced to go on the run. He heads north to his native Scotland, fleeing the police and his enemies. Hannay mu...
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The Art of Hearing Heartbeats

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by Sendker, Jan-Phillip
A poignant and inspirational love story set in Burma, 'The Art of Hearing Heartbeats' spans the decades between the 1950s and the present. When a successful New York lawyer suddenly disappears without a trace, neither his wife nor his daughter Julia has any idea where he might be - until they find a love letter he wrote many years ago, to a Burmese woman they have never heard of. Intent on solving the myste...
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The Bureau of Second Chances

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by Kalayil, Sheena
Shortlisted for a 2018 Edward Stanford Travel Writing Award. Is going back the only way to start again? After more than thirty years in London, recently-widowed Thomas Imbalil returns to India. He spends his first months in uncluttered isolation in his house overlooking the Arabian Sea, in a small fishing village in Kerala. But when he agrees to look after his friend's business, Chack...
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The Good Pilot, Peter Wodehouse

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by McCall Smith, Alexander
Val was working as a land girl when the Americans arrived at the nearby airfield in 1944. Mike, a young American airman, came into her life soon after, and so too did Peter Woodhouse, a dog badly treated on a neighbouring farm and taken in by her aunt.
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