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10 African Books by Women in Translation

Africa is obviously a large and diverse continent. Unfortunately there is not (as yet) an equally large amount of English translated African books. And of that comparatively small amount, even less of it is written by women. However, below is a selection of some of the best translated African books written by women, from novels …

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7 Great Books to Read Before Visiting Cambodia

Visiting Cambodia, like many Southeast Asian countries involves storytelling traditions dating back centuries. However, much of it was rarely written down, passed instead through oral tradition. Most of the literary works written down in Khmer were owned and controlled by the Royal families, or the Buddhist monks. Despite these long literary traditions, the Khmer literature …

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7 Brilliant Collections of Short Stories by Black Authors

Like so many of our reading choices, having access to more diverse short stories (instead of just the stuffy old white men we were forced to read as kids) can really opened your eyes to all the magic that the short story medium can offer. The Best Short Stories by Black Authors If you already …

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12 Books to Read Before you Visit The Baltics

If you’re planning to visit The Baltics or are curious about the literature of Estonia, Lithuania, and Latvia then look no further than this Baltic book list. The Baltic states refer to the countries of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, all of which were once part of the Soviet Union. This is pretty monumental in understanding …

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14 Best Books About Refugees & Migrant Experiences

In times and places of hate, the two most powerful acts that can dispel that hate quickly are talking with people of different backgrounds and, failing that, reading their stories. These books about refugees and migrants, and the experiences they’ve lived, are vital reading for anyone wishing to better understand their fellow humans. 14 Must-Read …

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10 Czech Books to Read Before You Visit Czech Republic

It may – or may not – surprise you to hear that some of the most important classics of the 20th century were written by Czech authors. Of course, when you consider the history of Czech books; that Czech literature dates back to the 14th century and has been consistently valued culturally since then, perhaps …

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9 Post-Apocalyptic Novels from Around the World

Post-apocalyptic novels and pandemic literature (which I’ve now decided is its own genre because there’s so much of it) is all the rage right now. Even though the world isn’t ending, we are in uncertain times and people like to know they’re not alone. Or maybe they just want reassurances that others have it worse. …

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9 Fun Things to Do in Norwich for Book Lovers

If you’re looking for somewhere literary to head on your next holiday, consider a visit to the East of England. More specifically, why not check out all the bookish things to do in Norwich, a UNESCO City of Literature. The Best Things to Do in Norwich for Book Lovers In 2012, Norwich became the first …

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