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1Zozette
Edited: Apr 20, 2013, 9:31pm

I am so pleased to find a small group like this as I find some of the large groups a bit intimidating.

It will take me a while to go through my books but at least it will be fun.

I have some countries well covered. For example - Iceland. I am an Icelandophile and have read dozens of books set in Iceland.

My books will be top heavy with mysteries as that is my favourite genre.



2Zozette
Edited: Apr 20, 2013, 8:43pm

Counties A to B

Albania
Broken April byIsmail Kadare

Australia
1788: The Brutal Truth of the First Fleet by David Hill
Seven Little Australians by Ethel Turner
Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Bolderwood
Born or Bred? : Martin Bryant : the making of a mass murderer by Robert Wainwright and Paola Totaro
Bad Ground: Inside the Beaconsfield Mine Rescue by Tony Wright
Bangladesh
A Golden Age by Tahmima Anam
The Good Muslim by Tahmima Anam

3Zozette
Edited: Apr 20, 2013, 8:53pm

Countries C to D

Canada
The Donnellys Must Die by Orlo Miller

Chile
33 Men: Inside the Miraculous Survival and Dramatic Rescue of the Chilean Miners by Jonathan Franklin
The Killer’s Tears by Anne-Laure Bondoux

China
Rickshaw Boy by Lao She

Columbia
No One Writes to the Colonel and other Stories by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

4Zozette
Edited: Apr 20, 2013, 9:28pm

Countries E to G

Egypt
The Glass Collector by Anna Perera

Finland
Snow Angels - James Thompson

Greenland
The Day is Dark by Yrsa Sigurdadottir

5Zozette
Edited: Apr 20, 2013, 9:26pm

Countries H to J

Iceland
1) Arctic Chill by Arnaldur Indridason
2) Iceland's Bell by Halldor Laxness
3) The Hitman's Guide to Housecleaning by Hallgrimur Helgason
4) Egil's Saga by Anonymous
5) Last Rituals by Yrsa Sigurdardottir

India

Untouchable by Mulk Raj Anand

Indonesia
The Open Cage: The Ordeal of the Irian Jaya Hostages by Daniel Start

Israel
Talking Hands: What Sign Language Reveals About the Mind by Margalit Fox

Japan
Two Minutes to Noon The Story of the Great Tokyo Earthquake and Fire by Noel F. Busch

6Zozette
Edited: Apr 20, 2013, 9:29pm

Countries K to M

Kenya
The Camel Bookmobile by Marsha Hamilton

Kyrgyzstan
Abandon: Love and Communism in Central Asia by David Gallagher (no touchstone)

Laos
The Coroner's Lunch by Colin Cotterill

Mali
Men of Salt: Crossing the Sahara on the Caravan of White Gold by Michael Benanav

Mauritius
The Last Brother by Natacha Appanah

Mongolia
The Shadow Walker by Michael Walters

7Zozette
Edited: Apr 27, 2013, 9:35pm

Countries N to Q

Nepal
The Oriental Casebook of Sherlock Holmes by Ted Riccardi

New Zealand
The Spanish Helmet by Greg Scowen

North Korea

A Corpse in the Koryo by James Church

Norway

He Who Fears the Wolf by Karin Fossum
Calling Out for You by Karin Fossum
1222 by Anne Holt
King Harald's Saga by Snorri Sturlason
Pakistan
Season of the Rainbirds by Nadeem Aslam

8Zozette
Edited: Apr 20, 2013, 9:00pm

Countries R to T

Serbia
Miss Tamara, the Reader by Zoran Zivkovic
The Library by Zoran Zivkovic

Sweden
The Killer's Art By Mari Jungstedt
Shadow by Karin Alvtegen
Missing by Karin Alvtegen
Echoes from the Dead by Johan Theorin
The Darkest Room by Johan Theorin

Thailand
The Latehomecomer; A Hmong Family Memoir by Kao Kalia Yang

Turkey
The Janissary Tree by Jason Goodwin

9Zozette
Edited: Aug 6, 2012, 6:37pm

10Cecilturtle
Jul 27, 2012, 9:27am

welcome Zozette. I'm intrigued by your Iceland list and will no doubt refer to it to pursue my own reading!

11Zozette
Edited: Jul 27, 2012, 7:47pm

Thanks for the welcome.

For such a small population (320,000) Iceland has a surprising amount of good authors but they are a people with a very high regard for literature (most bookstore per capita in the world, and have the highest per capita publication of books etc)

I have added my Australian selection. I am slightly embarrassed how little Australian fiction I have read. I do read quite a bit of Australian non-fiction but most of that is either about Tasmania (my own state), or the first twenty years of Australian settlement by the English (one of my ancestors arrived, as a convict, on the Third Fleet) or about Australian wildlife.

Added Two Minutes to Noon about the 1923 Japanese Earthquake.

12Zozette
Edited: Jul 27, 2012, 8:12pm

Added Finland, Sweden and Norway to my list (nearly all are crime mysteries)

It is going to hard to narrow the USA and UK down to just five books each.

13Zozette
Aug 6, 2012, 6:38pm

Added books for United Kingdom and United States.

14Zozette
Aug 18, 2012, 6:55pm

i have been a little neglectful of this group the last couple of weeks. I have been looking for books to read. I have found a few that I think will be interesting

I caught a taxi home from doing the shopping yesterday. The taxi driver was from Pakistan and is studying at the University of Tasmania and he gave me some suggestion of books to read for his country. He told me he spoke 6 Pakistani languages fluently and English on top of that. Meanwhile I speak English and can understand a small amount of written French :(

15Zozette
Sep 2, 2012, 1:49am

Added The Glass Collector for Egypt.

It is about a boy who is a member of the Zabbaleen community. The Zabbaleen are the garbage collectors of Cairo. Each day they do out into the city and collect rubbish which they take back to their settlement to sort through. 80% of what they collect is recycled.

16Zozette
Sep 9, 2012, 6:03am

Added Season of the Rainbirds by Nadeem Aslam for Pakistan.

A novel set in a small Pakistani village.

17fmgee
Oct 23, 2012, 1:06am

Zozette: Welcome, it has been forever since I have looked at this group. It is wonderful to have someone else on board.

I keep hearing good things about mysteries from Iceland. I really should track one down as I do not have any books from there. I was interested to see what you chose for Australia as I have read none of them. It is hard to narrow it down for the few countries where I have read more than 5 books.

18Zozette
Edited: Apr 20, 2013, 9:39pm

I have totally been neglecting this thread but have added the following to my list

Untouchable - Mulk Raj Anand (India)
The Spanish Helmet - Greg Scowen (NZ)
Broken April - Ismail Kadare (Albania)
The Shadow Walker by Michael Walters (Mongolia)
Rickshaw Boy by Lao She (China)
No One Writes to the Colonel and other Stories by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (Columbia)
Miss Tamara, the Reader by Zoran Zivkovic (Serbia)
The Library by Zoran Zivkovic (Serbia)
The Killer’s Tears by Anne-Laure Bondoux (Chile)
The Latehomecomer; A Hmong Family Memoir by Kao Kalia Yang (Thailand)
Abandon: Love and Communism in Central Asia by David Gallagher (Kytgyzsten) (no touchstone)

Zivkovic and Garcia Marquez don't actually say which country their books take place in so I put them in the author's country. I would highly recommend The Library to anyone who like books aboutt books, especially ones with a supernatural flavour to them.

I was slightly disappointment in The Shadow Walker because it had too many Western characters and too few Mongolian characters. I did like the Mongolian detectives and so I will read the next book in the series.

The Latehomecomer starts with the author's parents' life in Laos. She herself was born and lived for several years in refugee camps in Thailand and the family eventually moved to the USA. I put the book under Thailand as I have previously listed books from USA and Laos.

Broken April is a novel about the Kunan Code of Honour which seems so bizarre to us but so normal to the mountain people of Albania.

19Zozette
Apr 20, 2013, 9:25pm

and also

Talking Hands: What Sign Language Reveals About the Mind by Margalit Fox (Israel)

ser in a Bedouin village in Israel. There is a high rate of deafness in this village and the people have created their own sign language. Very interesting book.

The Day is Dark by Yrsa Sigurdadottir (Greenland)

When two Icelanders go missing from a scientific base in Greenland, Icelandic detective Thora Gudmundsdottir is sent to investigate.

The Last Brother by Natacha Appanah (Mauritius)

20Zozette
Edited: Apr 27, 2013, 9:35pm

added a new country, North Korea, to my list by finishing A Corpse in the Koryo by James Church. It is a murder mystery.

21Zozette
Dec 1, 2017, 7:28pm

I am back after a long break and will be adding new countries soon.

22starbox
Dec 2, 2017, 2:12pm

nice to have you back!