starbox's attempt at 2014 challenge (to update as I go)

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starbox's attempt at 2014 challenge (to update as I go)

Edited: Jan 6, 2023, 4:42 pm

Countries completed (5 books each)
Total: 45

Czech Rep
(N) Korea-
(S) Korea
Saudi Arabia
South Africa

Sri Lanka

Books to try & read in 2021

CONGO: Heart of Darkness by Conrad
HUNGARY: They were counted by Banffy

S AFRICA Out of Africa by Blixen
S KOREA : One Thousand Chestnut Trees by Mira Stout

POLAND: The Doll by Prus

ROMANIA: The Land of Green Plums by Muller or Balkan Trilogy by Manning

SERBIA: House of the Dead by Dostoyevsky
ST LUCIA: Omeros by Walcott

Jan 14, 2014, 12:29 am

Welcome starbox. Good luck with your challenge. I need to pick an Alice Munro sometime as I have yet to read anything of hers.

Jan 14, 2014, 7:47 am

Thanks! The Alice Munro stories were very well written, although I have to say I prefer to get stuck into a novel!

Edited: Sep 25, 2022, 6:22 pm

(5)Afghanistan: The Swallows of Kabul by Yasmina Khadra---2012
-----------------The Bookseller of Kabul by Asne Seierstad----2014
-----------------The Patience Stone by Atiq Rahimi---2014
-----------------The Kabul Beauty School by Deborah Rodriguez----2015
-----------------The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini----------2015

(5)Albania:----- Broken April by Ismail Kadare-----2015
-------------------The Glorious Flight of Perdita Tree by Olivia Fane-----2017
--------------The Traitor's Niche by Ismail Kadare--2020
------------The Doll by Ismail Kadare--2020
------------Free: Coming of Age at the End of History by Lea Ypi--2022

Algeria:---: The Stranger by Albert Camus-----2015
----------------Tartarin of Tarascon by Alphonse Daudet----2017
----------------The Sheik by E M Hull------2017
---------------The Stolen Village by Des Ekin--2018

Andorra:---Road to Andorra by Shirley Deane--2015
------------------Crewe Train by Rose Macaulay--2018
-----------------The Envoy from Mirror City by Janet Frame--2018

Angola: --- Creole by J Agualusa--2014
-----------------A General Theory of Oblivion by J Agualusa--2017

Antigua---Annie John by Jamaica Kincaid--2013

Argentina--My Father's Ghost is climbing in the rain by Patricio Pron--2015
--------South American Jungle Tales by Horacio Quiroga--2016
--------Far Away and Long Ago by WH Hudson--2019

Armenia--Gilgamesh by Joan London--2014
-------------------The Crossing Place by Philip Marsden--2019

(5)Australia--Cloudstreet by Tim Winton--2022
--------------------The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough..2021
------------------Preservation by Jock Serong--2022
-----------------Bobbin Up by Dorothy Hewett--2021
---------------------Lantana Lane by Eleanor Dark--2022

(5)Austria--The Piano Teacher by Elfriede Jelinek-2013
------------------The Burning Secret by Stefan Zweig--2020
-----------------Beware of Pity by Stefan Zweig-2014
-----------------The Bachelors by Adalbert Stifter-2017
-----------------A Whole Life by Robert Seethaler-2022

Azerbaijan--Ali and Nino by K Said--2016
----------------------Gentleman Jack by Angela Steidele--2019

Edited: May 30, 2022, 3:18 pm

Bahamas-------- Islands in the Streamby Ernest Hemingway---2016
------------------------The Queen of Whale Cay by Kate Summerscale---2017


Bangladesh:----- Scenes from early life by Philip Hensher---2014
------------------A Golden Age by Tahmima Anam---2016
----------The Friendly Ones by Philip Hensher-2018
---------Brick Lane by Monica Ali--2019

Barbados:------- Born in the Briar Patch by Bev Clarke----2014
---------------In the Castle of my Skin by George Lamming---2014
------------Washington Black by Esi Edugyan--2021

Belarus :-------- Gingerbread by Robert Dinsdale---2015
--------------------All that is Solid Melts Into Air by Darragh McKeon---2016
-------------------Voices from Chernobyl by Svetlana Alexievich}--2018
------------------Defiance by Nechama Tec--2019

(5)Belgium--------: On Black Sisters Street by Chika Unigwe---2012
-------------------Bruges La Morte by Georges Rodenbach---2021
------------------The Professor by Charlotte Bronte--2017
------------How Many Years by Marguerite Yourcenar--2018
-------------The Flemish House by Georges Simenon--2018

Belize:--------- Adventure in Belize by Robert P L Straughan---2015

Benin----------The Devil Drives by Fawn M Brodie--2016

Bhutan:--------- Hidden Bhutan by Martin Uitz---2014
-----------------Himalaya by Michael Palin--2021

Bolivia: The Monster of the Madidi by Simon Chapman---2015
--------------Let me speak!by Domitila Barrios de Chungara----2017

Bos-Herzegovina: Bridge over the Drina by Ivo Andric---2011
----------------The Miracle Detective by Randall Sullivan---2017
---------------Besieged: Life under Fire on a Sarajevo Street by Barbara Demick--2017
--------------The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway---2017

(5)Botswana:------- The Number 1 Ladies' detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith-2005
---------------Tears of the Giraffe by Alexander McCall Smith--2005
---------------Morality for Beautiful Girls by Alexander McCall Smith---2005
---------------The Kalahari Typing School for Men by Alexander McCall Smith---2005
---------------The full Cupboard of Life by Alexander McCall Smith---2005

Brazil:--------- My Sweet Orange Tree by Jose Mauro de Vasconcelos-read before 1995
---------------Diary of Helena Morley translated by Elizabeth Bishop---2012
---------------Epitaph of a Small Winner by Machado de Assis---2015
---------------Happiness is Easy by Edney Silvestre---2017


Bulgaria-----Descent of the Lyre by Will Buckingham--2015
-----------------------My Family is All I Have by Helen Alice Dear--2019
-------------------Stork Mountain by Miroslav Penkov--2021
-----------------Under the Yoke by Ivan Vazov-2021

Burkina Faso---Of Water and the Spirit by Malidoma Some--2015

Burundi------The Running Man by Gilbert Tuhabonye2015

Edited: Jul 11, 2022, 3:58 pm

Cambodia:------- The Stones cry Out by Molyda Szymusiak--2014
-------------------In the Shadow of the Banyan by Vaddey Ratner--2017

Cameroon:------- A Plague of Caterpillars by Nigel Barley---2015
--------------The Poor Christ of Bomba by Mongo Beti--2018
-------------The Congo & the Cameroons by Mary Kingsley--2020

(5) Canada:--------- Fifth Business by Robertson Davies---2022
---------------Maria Chapdelaine by Louis Hemon--2021
----------------Unless by Carol Shields---2020
----------------Crow Lake by Mary Lawson}--2020
----------------No Great Mischief by Alistair Macleod---2021
Cape Verde:-----

Cen. Af. Rep.:--- Song From the Forest: my Life among the Ba-Benjelle Pygmies by Louis Sarno--2015


Chile:---------- Daughter of Fortune by Isobel Allende---2006
----------------------Easter Island by Jennifer Vanderbes--2018
----------------------Portrait in Sepia by Isabel Allende--2019
-----------------------Eva Luna by Isabel Allende?--2020

(5)China:------- Empress Orchid by Anchee Min---2021
----------------------- Frog by Mo Yan---2015
------------------------Wailing Ghosts by Pu Songling--2019
-----------------------Balzac and the little Chinese seamstress by Dai Sijie--2018
-----------------------Dream of Ding Village by Yan Lianke---2014

Colombia:------- Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez --1998
--------------A Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez--1999
------------The Girl with no Name by Marina Chapman--2018


Congo:---------- Tomorrow I'll be Twenty by Alain Mabanckou--2014

Dem Rep Congo:: The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver---2014
-------------------------King Leopold's Ghost by Adam Hochschild---2017
--------------------His Monkey Wife by John Collier--2018
-----------------Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad--2021

Costa Rica--------Returning Home by Anthony Trollope---2016

Cote d'Ivoire

Croatia:-------- Illyrian spring by Ann Bridge---2015
----------------A Dream of Something by Pier Paolo Pasolini--2021

Cuba:-----------The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway--2006
------------------------My Guantanamo Diary by Mahvish Rukhsana Khan--2018

Cyprus---Bitter Lemons of Cyprus by Lawrence Durrell--2019

(5) Czech Republic:-----The Good Soldier Schweik by Jaroslav Hasek---2016
------------------------I served the King of England by Bohumil Hrabal---2017
-----------------------The Absolute at Large by Karel Capek---2017
---------------------------Utz by Bruce Chatwin--2017
------------------------Nina Balatka by Anthony Trollope--2017

Edited: Jul 15, 2023, 4:10 pm

(5) Denmark:------ The Fall of the King by Johannes Jensen---2013
--------------------- The Stars Grow Pale by Karl Bjarnhof--2022
--------------------Emanuel or Children of the Soil by Henrik Pontoppidan--2021
------------------------The Murder of Halland by Pia Juul--2018
-----------------------Ditte Girl Alive by Martin Andersen Nexo--2017


Dominica:----- The Orchid House by Phyllis Shand Allfrey---2015

Dominican Rep: Drown by Junot Diaz---2015

Ecuador:------ My Father's Island by Johanna Angermeyer--2015
------------------- The Villagers by Jorge Icaza--2019

(5) Egypt:-------- Palace Walk by Naguib Mahfouz---2014
--------- -----------Palace of Desire by Naguib Mahfouz---2014
--------------------- God dies by the Nile by Nawal el Saadawi---2012
--------- ------------Sugar Street by Naguib Mahfouz---2014
----------------------Akhenaten Dweller in Truth by Naguib Mahfouz--2017

El Salvador---Holidays in Hell by PJ O'Rourke---2017
------------November: A Novel by Jorge Galan--2021

Equ. Guinea

Eritrea:------ A Cure for Serpents by Alberto Denti di Pirajno---2015
--------------------A Grave for a Dolphin by Alberto Denti di Pirajno--2017
------------------Ciao Asmara by Justin Hill---2017

Estonia:------ Kevade by Oskar Luts---2014
---------------------Bumpy by Oskar Luts--2016
--------------Purge by Sofi Oksanen-2021

Ethiopia:----- In Ethiopia with a Mule by Dervla Murphy--2015
------------------Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese-2023

Edited: Mar 25, 2023, 2:04 pm

Fiji------------Dove by Robin Lee Graham---read before 1995
--------------------The Trader's Wife by Louis Becke---read 2015

(5) Finland ------- The Year of the Hare by Arto Paasilinna---2012
------------------------- Not Before Sundown by Johanna Sinisalo---2013
------------------------- When I forgot by Elina Hirvonen---2012
------------------------- The Summer Book by Tove Jansson---read before 1995
-------------- ----------The Maid Silja by F E Sillanpaa--2013

(5) France:-- The Romance of a Poor Young Man by Octave Feuillet--2021
------------------------- History of the Thirteen by Honore de Balzac--2023
------------------------ La Curee by Emile Zola---2023
------------------------ Nausea by Jean-Paul Sartre---read 2021
------------------------ Questions of Precedence by Francois Mauriac---read 2021

Gabon--More from the Primeval Forest by Albert Schweitzer--2018

Gambia:--- Reading the Ceiling by Dayo Forster---2016

Georgia:-- The Girl king by Meg Clothier---2015
------------------The Knight in the Panther Skin by Shota Rustaveli--2019
--------------A Hero of our Time by Mikhail Lermontov--2021

(5)Germany:------ The Rider on the white horse by Theodor Storm---2021
--------------------------The Prodigy by Hermann Hesse---2022
----------------- --------The Mussel Feast by Birgit Vanderbeke--2016
------------------------- The Seventh Cross by Anna Seghers---2020
--------------------------Effi Briest by Theodor Fontane---2017

Ghana:---- Changes by Ama Ata Aidoo---2015
-----------Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi--2020
-----------Transcendant Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi-2021

(5)Greece:--- The Leaden-Sky Years of World War II by Kimon Farantakis--2021
----------------- The Birthday Party by Panos Karnezis---2012
-------------------The Murderess by Alexandros Papadiamantis--2017
-------------------Zorba the Greek by Nikos Kazantzakis---2017
-----------------The Odyssey retold by Robin Lister--2019

Grenada:------ Pynter Bender by Jacob Ross---2016

Guatemala:----Rites A Childhood in Guatemala by Victor Perera---2014
----------------------I, Rigoberta Menchu by Rigoberta Menchu---2017

Guinea:--The Dark Child by Camara Laye--2019

Guinea-Bissau: Ship of Death: A Voyage that changed the Atlantic world by Billy G Smith--2015

(5) Guyana:--- My Bones and My Flute: A Ghost Story in the Old-Fashioned Manner… by Edgar Mittelholzer--2015
-------------Corentyne Thunder by Edgar Mittelholzer--2018
--------------Genetha by Roy Heath--2020
-------------Buxton Spice by Oonya Kempadoo--2019
--------------From the Heat of the Day by Roy Heath---2019

Edited: Feb 13, 2:12 pm

Haiti:---- The Farming of Bones by Edwidge Danticat--2012
----------------Ayiti by Roxane Gay--2019
-------------Moonraker by F Tennyson Jesse--2021

Honduras---The Mosquito Coast by Paul Theroux---2017

Hungary:------ Embers by Sandor Marai---2012
---------------------Iza's Ballad by Magda Szabo---2016
---------------------Skylark by Deszo Kosztolanyi---2016
----------------------The Door by Magda Szabo--2016

(5)Iceland:------ Independent People by Halldor Laxness---2014
---------------------Burial Rites by Hannah Kent---2014
---------------------Moonstone : The Boy who Never Was by Sjon--2017
-----------------Reykjavik Nights by Arnaldur Indridason--2017
-------------------The Silence of the Sea by Yrsa Sigurdardottir--2017

(5)India:-------- Sunlight on a Broken Column by Attia Hosain--2023
-------- -------------Pather Panchali by Bibhutibhushan Banerji---2022
--------------------- A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry-- 2020
--------------------- Selected Short stories by Rabindranath Tagore--2014
--------------------------The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy--2017

Indonesia:---Man Tiger by Eka Kurniawan--2017
--------------------The Travels by Marco Polo--2020

Iran:---------- The House of the mosque by Kader Abdolah---2015
--------------------- Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi---2015
----------------------The Golden Cage by Shirin Ebadi--2017

Iraq:---------- A Hundred and One Days by Asne Seierstad---2014
--------------------------A Reed Shaken by the Wind by Gavin Maxwell--2015
------------------------The Iraqi Christ by Hassan Blasim---2017
---------------Everyday Life in Assyria and Babylonia by H W F Saggs--2020

(5)Ireland----:All we shall know by Donal Ryan--2020
--------------------- The Wild Geese by Bridget Boland--2024
--------------------- The Vanby Roddy Doyle---2024
--------------------- The Wonder by Emma Donoghue--2019
--------------------- Without my Cloak by Kate O'Brien---2021

(5)Israel:---- Scenes from Village Life by Amos Oz--2013
--------------------- A Woman in Jerusalem by A B Yehoshua---2012
--------------------------A Horse Walks into a Bar by David Grossman---2020
-------------------- Khirbet Khizeh by S Yizhar---2015
-------------------------The Secret Chord by Geraldine Brooks---2020

(5)Italy:---- Christ Stopped at Eboli by Carlo Levi---2019
------------------- Elias Portolu by Grazia Deledda--- 2024
------------------- Oxygen by Sacha Naspini---2023
------------------- The Eight Mountains by Paolo Cognetti---2020
--------------------The Lying Life of Adults by Elena Ferrante---2021

Edited: Apr 11, 9:04 am

(5) Jamaica:------ The White Witch of Rosehall by Herbert G de Lisser---2021
------------------------A High Wind in Jamaica by Richard Hughes---2024
------------------------Mary Seacole (Life & Times) by Ron Ramdin---2016
------------------------A Year in Jamaica: Memoirs of a Girl in Arcadia in 1889 by Diana Lewes--2017
-----------------------The Same Earth by Kei Miller--2017

(5)Japan--------- Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata---2021
-------------------Scandal by Shusaku Endo--2022
-------------------Shanks Mare by Ikku Jippensha---2021
------------------The Sailor who fell from Grace with the Sea by Yukio Mishima---2020
------------------Wonderful Fool by Shusaku Endo--2020

Jordan---Willow Trees don't Weep by Fadia Faqir--2017
--------Married to a Bedouin by Marguerite van Geldermalsen--2023

Kazakhstan: ---The Silent Steppe by Mukhamet Shayakhmetov---2015
------------The Dead Lake by Hamid Ismailov--2018
------------The Long Bridge by Urszula Muskus--2020

Kenya:----- The Bolter by Frances Osborne---2014
-----------------The In-Between World of Vikram Lall by M G Vassanji---2015
----------------The Flame Trees of Thika by Elspeth Huxley--2018
--------------A Grain of Wheat by Ngugi wa Thiongo--2022

Kiribati------The Sex Lives of Cannibals by J Maarten Troost---2016

(5)Korea (South): Please Look after Mother by Kyung-sook Shin--2012
-----------------------The Hen who Dreamed she could Fly by Sun-Mi Hwang--2015
-----------------------The Vegetarian by Han Kang---2017
--------------------------The Red Queen by Margaret Drabble---2017
---------------The Memoirs of Lady Hyegong: The Autobiographical Writings of a Crown Princess of Eighteenth-Century Korea by Jahyun Kim Haboush--2021

(5) Korea (North):----- The Sun Tyrant by JP Floru--2020
------------------------Escape from Camp 14 by Blaine Harden---2015
---------------------The Girl with Seven Names by Hyeonseo Lee---2017
----------------------Dear Leader by Jang Jin-Sung--2017
-----------------------How I Became a North Korean by Krys Lee--2017

Kosovo---All that Remains by Sue M Black--2019

Kuwait:----------- Kuwait was my home by Zahra Freeth--2016
-------------------The Bamboo Stalk by Saud Alsanousi---2017

Kyrgyzstan:-- Jamilia by Tschingis Aitmatov--2014
-------------------The Lost Heart of Asia by Colin Thubron--2020
------------Shadow of the Silk Road by Colin Thubron--2020

Edited: Feb 22, 2023, 9:22 am

Laos:------------- One Foot in Laos by Dervla Murphy---2014

Latvia:------------ The Earth is Singing by Vanessa Curtis---2015
-------------------Genesis: a Latvian Childhood by Chaim Bermant--2019

Lebanon-----B as in Beirut by Iman Humaydan Younes---2017
--------------------------Learning English by Rachid al-Daif---2019
-----------------------An Evil Cradling by Brian Keenan-2019


Liberia: -------A Marker to Measure Drift by Alexander Maksik---2017

Libya:-------------- Theodora by Stella Duffy--2014
---------------------------In the Country of Men by Hisham Matar--2015
------------Under the Tripoli Sky by Kamal ben Hameda---2018

Liechtenstein:----- Ludmila the Legend of Liechtenstein by Paul Gallico---2014

Lithuania:--------- The Issa Valley by Czeslaw Milosz---2013
--------------------------Salvaged Pages by Alexandra Zapruder--2014


Macedonia---The End of Time by Gavin Extence-2021
----------------To the Lake by Kapka Kassabova - 2022

Madagascar:----- The Aye-Aye and I by Gerald Durrell---2014
-----------------------------In Search of the Red Slave by Mike Parker Pearson--2017

Malawi:------ The Boy who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba---2014
-------------------------The Jive Talker by Samson Kambalu---2017
--------------------The Lower River by Paul Theroux--2022

Malaysia:----- Come Tears Come smiles by Ooi Chin Keat--2015
-----------------------------Three Came Home by Agnes Newton Keith---2015
---------------------------Bitter-Sweet Harvest by Chan Ling Yap---2017

Maldives---Gatecrashing Paradise: Misadventures in the real Maldives by Tom Chesshyre---2017

Mali--- Travels in the Interior of Africa by Mungo Park---2020

Malta:- ---A Voyage in Vain: Coleridge's Journey to Malta in 1804 by Alethea Hayter - bit of a cheat as he only arrives in final chapter!---2016
----------Testament of Youth by Vera Brittain--2019
----------The Kappillan of Malta by Nicholas Monsarrat--2020

Marshall Islands:--- A Narrative of the Mutiny on Board the Ship Globe of Nantucket in the Pacific Ocean, Jan. 1824 by William Lay---2015
---------------------------Transit of Venus by Julian Evans--2015
---------------------------438 Days by Jonathan Franklin--2017

Mauritania:---- Travels in Mauritania by Peter Hudson---2015

Mauritius:------ Paul and Virginia by Jacques Henri Bernardin de Saint Pierre---2016
-----------------------The Last Brother by Nathacha Appanah---2012

Mexico:--- Down the Rabbit Hole by Juan Pablo Villalobos---2012
-----------The Children of Sanchez by Oscar Lewis--2021
------------A Death in the Sanchez Family by Oscar Lewis--2021

Micronesia:---- The Island of the Colour-Blind by Oliver Sacks---2014
------------------------The People in the Trees by Hanya Yanagihara----2017


Monaco:-------Rosemary: a Christmas Story by A.M. Williamson---2016
---------------------The Grimaldis of Monaco by Anne Edwards---2017

Mongolia---The Blue Sky by Galsan Tschinag--2018
----------------Edge of Blue Heaven by Benedict Allen--2020

Montenegro--The Witches of St Petersburg by Imogen Edwards-Jones--2020

Morocco:------ Hideous Kinky by Esther Freud--2016
-------------------------The Final Bet by Abdelilah Hamdouchi---2017
-----------------A Moroccan Trilogy by Jerome Tharaud and Jean Tharaud--2022

Mozambique:---Acabou: It's Finished by Tim Green---2016

Myanmar :-The Road to Wanting by Wendy Law-Yone---2014
-------------------Burmese Days by George Orwell--2019
----------The Lacquer Lady by F Tennyson Jesse--2021
---------A Savage Dreamland by David Eimer--2023

Edited: Jan 30, 4:34 pm

Namibia:----The Kaiser's Holocaustby David Olusoga & Casper W Erichsen---2015
----------Last Train to Zona Verde by Paul Theroux--2020

Nauru:---------The Undesirables by Mark Isaacs---2016

Nepal--------------The Gurkha's daughter by Prajwal Parajuly---2016
-------------------------------Above all Things by Tanis Rideout--2017

(5)Netherlands:---- Girl with a Pearl earring by Tracy Chevalier---2005
-----------------------Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank---read before 1995
----------------------Julia by Otto de Kat---2014
--------------------------The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton---2015
-----------------------The Dinner by Herman Koch---2016

(5)New Zealand----: Spinster by Sylvia Ashton-Warner---2014
-------------------------The Aloe by Katherine Mansfield--2021
-----------------------------The Piano by Jane Campion---2024
----------------------------The Stories of Frank Sargeson by Frank Sargeson--2018
-------------------------An Angel at my Table by Janet Frame--2018

Nicaragua:----- The country under my Skin by Gioconda Belli---2015

Niger:--------- Harmattan by Gavin Weston---2016

(5)Nigeria:---- Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Adichie ---2022
----------------------I do not come to you by chance by Adaobi Nwaubani---2012
----------------------Toads for Supper by Chukwuemeka Ike---2023
--------------------------The Fishermen by Chigozie Obioma---2020
---------------------Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe---2015

(5) Norway:------ A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen--2019
----------------------Floodtide of Fate by Olav Duun---2018
---------------------Kristin Lavransdatter: The Bridal Wreath by Sigrid Undset--2019
---------------------One of Us by Asne Seierstad---2023
---------------------Krane's Cafe by Cora Sandel---2021

Edited: Jan 6, 2023, 4:40 pm

Oman: -------Travels with a Tangerine by Tim Mackintosh-Smith---2016
------------------Across the Empty Quarter by Wilfred Thesiger--2020

(5)Pakistan:----The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid---2012
-----------------------How to get filthy rich in Rising Asia by Mohsin Hamid---2014
-----------------------In Other Rooms, Other Wonders by Daniyal Mueenuddin---2014
-----------------------The Good Children by Roopa Farooki---2015
-----------------------The Scatter Here is too Great by Bilal Tanweer---2016

Palau:----------A Narrative of the Shipwreck, Captivity and Sufferings of Horace Holden by Horace Holden---2015

Panama;------ Vasco, our little Panama cousin by Henry Lee Mitchell Pike---2015
-------------Two Serious Ladies by Jane Bowles---2018
------------Piracy, Turtles and Flying Foxes by William Dampier--2020

Papua New Guinea: Mr Pip by Lloyd Jones---2012
-------------------------Euphoria by Lily King--2016

Paraguay:----- The Pleasure of Eliza Lynch by Anne Enright--2014
--------------------------Forgotten Fatherland: the Search for Elisabeth Nietzsche by Ben Macintyre--2017

Peru:--------- Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter by Mario Vargas Llosa---2014
--------------The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder--2018
-------------The Boiling River by Andres Ruzo--2020
-------------The Book of Human Skin by Michelle Lovric--2020

Phillipines:---- Bare Feet in the Palace by Agnes Newton Keith---2015
---------------------Noli me Tangere by Jose Rizal---2015

Poland:------ The Street of Crocodiles by Bruno Schulz---2016
-------------------------The Family Moskat by Isaac Bashevis Singer--2014

(5)-Portugal:---- The Maias by Eca de Queiros---2014
---------------------Blindness by Jose Saramago---2013
---------------------The Crime of Father Amaro by Eca de Queiros--2019
------------------Cousin Bazilio by Eca de Queiros--2021
------------------The Illustrious House of Ramires by Eca de Queiros-2023


Edited: May 5, 2021, 11:26 am

Edited: Apr 5, 2022, 10:38 am

St Kitts & Nevis

St Lucia

St Vincent: : The Moon is following me by Cecil Browne---2014

Samoa:------- Louis: The Life of Robert Louis Stevenson by Philip Callow--2014
---------------------- Sons for the Return Home by Albert Wendt---2015

San Marino

Sao Tome:----- Equator by Miguel Sousa Tavares---2014

(5) Saudi Arabia:--- Growing up Bin Laden: Osama's Wife and Son take us inside their Secret World by Jean Sasson---2016
---------------The Consequences of Love by Sulaiman Addonia---2017
---------------Girls of Riyadh by Rajaa Alsanea--2017
----------------The First Muslim by Lesley Hazelton---2017
---------------To the Holy Shrines by Sir Richard Burton--2020

Senegal--------The Money Order with White Genesis by Sembene Ousmane--2018

Serbia:---------- Travels in Blood and Honey by Elizabeth Gowing---2014
-----------------------------The Tiger's Wife by Tea Obreht---2016


Sierra Leone: The Devil that Danced on the Water by Aminatta Forna--2015
--------------Bite of the Mango by Mariatu Kamara--2019

Singapore:----- Raffles and the Golden opportunity by Victoria Glendinning--2014
----------------------Following the wrong god home by Catherine Lim---2017

Slovakia:--- A False Dawn: My Life as a Gypsy woman in Slovakia by Ilona Lackova---2015
--------Countess Dracula by Tony Thorne--2022

Slovenia:-------Veronika Decides to Die by Paulo Coelho--2015

Solomon Islands:The Isles of Unwisdom by Robert Graves---2016
---------------------Solomon Time by Will Randall--2018
--------------------The Bird Skinner by Alice Greenway--2019

Aug 30, 2015, 4:54 pm

Great initiative. I'm impressed by how successful you are! It's definitely given me ideas for more reading.

Edited: Jan 15, 2:56 am

Somalia:---- Desert Flower by Waris Dirie---2000
---------------------The Orchard of Lost Souls by Nadifa Mohamed---2016
------------------Don't Tell Me You're Afraid by Giuseppe Catozzella---2017

(5) South Africa----:Summertime by J M Coetzee---2012
----------------- Screens against the Sky by Elleke Boehmer---2023
----------------- My Son's Story by Nadine Gordimer---2014
----------------- You Can't Get Lost in Cape Town by Zoe Wicomb---2015
-----------------Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton--2017

(5)Spain: ---- The House of Ulloa by Emilia Pardo Bazan---2024
------------------La Regenta by Leopoldo Alas---2015
----------------- The Infatuations by Javier Marias---2014
-----------------------Tales of the Alhambra by Washington Irving--2019
---------------------His Only Son by Leopoldo Alas---2019

(5)Sri Lanka----: An Historical Relation of the Island Ceylon in the East Indies by Robert Knox---2014
------------------------Eight Years' Wanderings in Ceylon by Sir Samuel White Baker ---2014
------------------- Monkfish Moon by Romesh Gunesekera---2014
------------------ Wave: a Memoir of Life after the Tsunami by Sonali Deraniyagala--2014
-----------------------The Village in the Jungle by Leonard Woolf---2014

Sudan---Cities without Palms by Tarek Eltayeb--2017

South Sudan--: Beneath the Darkening Sky by Majok Tulba--2014

Surinam:---- Oroonoko by Aphra Behn--2015

Swaziland: When Hoopoes go to Heaven by Gaile Parkin--2015

(5) Sweden:------Mio, my Son by Astrid Lindgren--2020
--------------------To Cook a Bear by Mikael Niemi--2022
--------------------Martin Birck's Youth by Hjalmar Soderberg--2015
--------------------The People of Hemso by August Strindberg--2015
--------------------A Man called Ove by Fredrik Backman--2016

(5) Switzerland: ----The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann--2013
------------------- Heidi by Johanna Spyri-2019
------------------------Hotel du Lac by Anita Brookner--2015
----------------------The Black Spider by Jeremias Gotthelf---2017
---------------------The Perfect Waiter by Alain Claude Sulzer--2017

(5)Syria: ----------Empress Zenobia: Palmyra's Rebel Queen by Pat Southern--2014
-----------------------Sea Prayer by Khaled Hosseini--2019
-----------------------On the Wilder Shores of Love by Lesley Blanch--2016
----------------------Chimes from a Wooden Belll by Taqui Altounyan-2017
---------------------Stolen: Escape from Syria by Louise Monaghan-2019

Edited: Jun 19, 2022, 1:06 pm

Tajikistan: ----Beyond the Oxus by Monica Whitlock--2019
------------------------Sovietistan by Erika Fatland--2021

Tanzania--Paradise by Abdulrazak Gurnah--2021
-----------------So Much for That by Lionel Shriver--2022

Thailand :------Little angels by Phra Peter Pannapadipo---2015
------------------------------Anna and the King of Siam by Margaret Landon---2016
------------------------Sightseeing by Rattawut Lapcharoensap--2017
-----------------------------Rice without Rain by Minfong Ho---2018

T.F.Y.R. Macedonia

Timor Leste:----- The Crossing: A Story of East Timor by Luis Cardoso--2015
------------------------------Captain Bligh's Portable Nightmare by John Toohey---2017

Togo: -------------An African in Greenland by Tete-Michel Kpomassie--2016
---------------------Do They Hear You When You Cry by Fauziya Kassindja}--2019

Tonga --Shirley Baker and the King of Tonga by Noel Rutherford-2017
-----------Hunt for the Southern Continent by James Cook--2020

(5)Trinidad:----- Fireflies by Shiva Naipaul---2013
-------------------------A House for Mr Biswas by V S Naipaul---2014
------------------------The Mystic Masseur by V S Naipaul---2014
------------------------Miguel Street by V S Naipaul---2014
------------------------The Chip-Chip Gatherers by Shiva Naipaul---2015

Tunisia:----------Among the Faithful by Dahris Martin---2016

(5)Turkey:------- Memed my Hawk by Yashar Kemal---2021
-----------------------Dark Journey by Irfan Orga---2015
----------------------------Women in Purple by Judith Herrin---2017
-----------------------The Caravan Moves On--Irfan Orga--2019
------------------------Portrait of a Turkish Family by Irfan Orga--2021

Turkmenistan:- Joe and Azat by Jesse Lonergan--2015
------------------------------Turkmenistan - : Adventures on the Silk Road by Simon Proudman--2015

Tuvalu:---------- The Invention of Morel by Adolfo Bioy Casares--2015

Uganda:------- The Last king of Scotland by Giles Foden--2014
-----------------------------My Cleaner by Maggie Gee---2018
------------------------No Place like Home by Yasmin Alibhai-Brown--2019

UAE:------ In A Fertile desert edited by Denys Johnson-Davies--2015
---------------------Dubai Tales by Muhammad al Murr-2017

(5)Ukraine-----A Simple Story by S Y Agnon--2014
----------------Emperor of Lies by Steve Sem-Sandberg---2012
---------------The Dogs and the Wolves by Irene Nemirowsky--2014
---------------Wine of Solitude by Irene Nemirowsky--2015
-------------Katerina by Aharon Appelfeld--2019

Uruguay--I had to survive by Roberto Canessa--2019

Uzbekistan---The Dancer from Khiva by Bibish--2016
------------A Ride to Khiva by Fred Burnaby--2017
-----------The Persian Boy by Mary Renault--2017

Edited: Mar 29, 2:28 pm

(5) USA --The Wapshot Chronicle by John Cheever--2024
----------------Brown Girl, Brownstones by Paule Marshall--2024
----------Wonderland by Joyce Carol Oates--2022
-------------Short Stories by Theodore Dreiser--2024
-----------The Witches of Eastwick by John Updike--2020

(by state)
Alabama: Green Fried Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg--2014
California: My Name is Aram by William Saroyan--2021
--------------------The Red Pony by John Steinbeck--2022

Colorado: Benediction by Kent Haruf--2017
Georgia: Clock Without Hands by Carson McCullers--2014
---------Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell--2020

Hawaii: Sharks in the Time of Saviours by Kawai Strong Washburn--2020
Idaho: Educated by Tara Westover--2019
----------Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson--2018
-----------Lila by Marilynne Robinson-2020

Illinois: The Adventures of Augie March by Saul Bellow--2015
Iowa: What's Eating Gilbert Grape? by Peter Hedges--2019

Kansas; In Cold Blood by Truman Capote--2015
------------Unfollow by Megan Phelps-Roper--2021
Kentucky: The Dollmaker by Harriette Arnow--2013
Louisiana: Tarnished Gold by Virginia Andrews--2020
------------The Neon Bible by John Kennedy Toole--2018
------------Twelve Years a slave by Solomon Northup--2021
——The Awakening by Kate Chopin-2024
Maine: The Country of Pointed Firs by Sarah Orne Jewett --2021
Maryland: Breathing Lessons by Anne Tyler--2020

Massachusetts: Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh--2020
Michigan: The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides---2019
------------Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides--2014
MinnesotaHistory of Wolves by Emily fridlund--2020
Mississippi: Collected Short Stories by William Faulkner--2014
Missouri: Stoner by John Williams--2015
----------------Sisterland by Curtis Sittenfeld-2023

New Hampshire
New Jersey: The Sacrifice by Joyce Carol Oates--2020

New Mexico
New York: A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan--2019
----------Manhattan when I was Young by Mary Cantwell--2021
----------My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Otessa Moshfegh--2020
N Carolina Charms for the Easy Life by Kaye Gibbons--2021
N Dakota

Pennsylvania: The Centaur by John Updike--2019
Rhode Island: Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri--2014
----------------The Witches of Eastwick by John Updike--2020
S Carolina

S Dakota
Utah: The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff--2019

Virginia: Spencer's Mountain by Earl Hamner--2019
Washington: The Other by David Guterson--2015
W Virginia
WisconsinThe Hearts of Men by Nickolas Butler--2021

Edited: Jan 28, 7:09 am

ENGLAND:----The Mirror and the Lightby Hilary Mantel-2020
-------------The Children of the New Forest by Frederick Marryatt--2020
---------------Pamela by Samuel Richardson--2021
----------------Danesbury House by Mrs Henry Wood--2020
------------------Lucia's Progress by E F Benson--2024

WALES---Wild Wales by George Borrow--2020

SCOTLAND--Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart--2021
-----------------The White Bird Passes by Jessie Kesson--2021
---The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner by James Hogg-2023

CHANNEL ISLES---The Book of Ebenezer le Page by G B Edwards--2021

NORTHERN IRELAND--The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne by Brian Moore-2021

England by county:
BEDS The Rapture by Claire McGlasson--2021
BUCKS: Aylesbury by W R Mead--2020


E SUSSEX: Adeline by Norah Vincent--2020

GT LONDON: Saturday by Ian McEwan--2021
HAMPSHIRE: We must be Brave by Frances Liardet--2020



OXON: Princes of the Land by Joanna Cannan- 2024

STAFFS Anna of the Five Towns by Arnold Bennet--2022


Dec 16, 2020, 10:02 pm

I'm very impressed, will star your thread for ideas when I am stuck.

Dec 17, 2020, 11:02 am

>22 ritacate: Oh, many thanks! It becomes quite a hobby...just realised MONTENEGRO crops up in my current book. Yippee! x

Dec 26, 2020, 12:04 pm

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Jan 27, 2022, 2:13 pm

Recommended book (Australia): Tim Winton's FABULOUS "Cloudstreet"!!

Edited: Apr 5, 2022, 10:36 am

A second for Slovakia with Countess Dracula by Tony Thorne - the story of Elisabeth Bathory. NOT a vampire story but a consideration of the politics and intrigues behind her arrest.

Apr 4, 2022, 4:57 pm

>27 starbox: The touchstone goes to a vampire movie...

Apr 5, 2022, 10:36 am

>28 labfs39: Ah..thanks, have amended!!

Edited: Apr 5, 2022, 4:17 pm

Lol. I didn't think that was the right link. I didn't know that anyone had every been tried as a vampire. Witches, yes. Interesting

Aug 15, 2022, 6:26 am

Just finished a third for Morocco: the beautiful and evocative A Moroccan Trilogy - 1918 life in the Arabian Nights world ...

Edited: Jan 6, 2023, 4:45 pm

If you want a Portugese book, DO give 19th century author Eca de Queiros. Just finished my 4th by him (and 5th for Portugal)- real classic literature with brilliant characters.

Jan 6, 2023, 5:05 pm

>32 starbox: Thank you, I'm making a note. Is there one in particularly you would recommend as a first?

Edited: Jan 7, 2023, 2:05 pm

>33 labfs39: I'd say NOT the one I just read (Illustrious House of Ramires)....maybe Cousin Bazilion (a Madam Bovary type tale) or Father Amaro.. In fact the granddaughter (7) and I did a re-enactment of cousin Bazilio....Evalyn asking about book I just read. Gave her a potted version "In the olden days...a lady's husband goes away. While he's gone she kisses her old boyfriend and writes him a love letter. But the servant finds the letter. Will she tell the husband?" We then made a brilliant play out of it with much improvisation:
- I didnt kiss him!
-I have a CCTV photo!
-Ah, I fainted. He was giving me artificial respiration!
-You mean chest compressions? THAT's not how you do it!
-It's not true!
-Sign the divorce pape!
-I won't!
At which point I got dragged out by the arm!

Jan 7, 2023, 7:31 pm

>34 starbox: That's hysterical! Your granddaughter must be a hoot.

Jan 15, 2:59 am

A recommended read for Spain is The House of Ulloa - if you like a bit of classic 19th century writing, full of priests, noblemen, god;ly wives , concubines and adventurers. Unputdownable!