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Angelglass by David Barnett

Shifting and vivid, the story moves from present day to XVI century Prague and from gripping eco-thriller to lush historical novel. In both periods, an amnesiac tries to work out who he is and whom he can trust. You'll feel bereft each time you leave a time frame only to get engrossed as soon as you enter the next. An element of fantasy in the plot should not put off readers who do not usually read this type of book.

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Londonstani by Gautam Malkani

Testosterone laden angst amongst Brit-Asian youth in West London. Definitely one for hip young things - and for everyone else into flash cars, gangsta rap and bling, persist with the rudeboy slang and dive in.

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Wizard of the Crow by Ngugi wa Thiongo

A true political satire, set in an imaginary African country but with parallels to so many others in many parts of the world. It's funny, witty, very human and yet monumental in scale. Be prepared for the long haul but be ready to enjoy it - I certainly did.

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Voices by Arnaldur Indridason

Just give in and drown yourself in the dark side of life on the dark island of Iceland at the darkest time of year. This book just grabs you, chews you up, and spits you out at the end. You may be older and wiser for the experience - or maybe not?

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