Wander the World

Por Serpent's Tail

Por Serpent's Tail

At a time when walking between the sofa and the fridge seems like an epic journey, foreign lands feel further away than ever.

 

But wait! That's where books come in. Dive into any of our choices below and be whisked away, for a small amount of money and zero carbon footprint, to Barbados, or Tokyo, or ...

 

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Washington Black: Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018

Esi Edugyan

8,99 € 8,36 €

BARBADOS, USA, THE ARCTIC, CANADA, LONDON, THE NETHERLANDS, MOROCCO: This beautiful, rich story will bundle you into an 19th century flying machine and transport you to another place and time. Washington Black tells the epic story of a young slave who escapes his plantation and travels the world in search of a place to call home. On his journey he meets unforgettable characters, develops a deep interest in marine biology, deep dives for a rare octopus and eventually arrives in London to establish the world’s first aquarium. Washington Black asks what it means to belong, and whether we can find a home when our world has been destroyed.

The Pine Islands

Marion Poschmann

8,99 € 8,36 €

JAPAN : This short (192pp), funny and thoughtful book will whisk you away on a spontaneous trip to Japan with the hapless Gilbert. Upon arrival in Tokyo, Gilbert befriends Yosa, a young Japanese student, and together they set out on a pilgrimage to the pine islands of Matsushima. Marion Poschmann's The Pine Islands, translated by Jen Callelja, was shortlisted for the International Booker Prize and the German Book Prize and called 'miraculous' by the Guardian.

Night Theatre

Vikram Paralkar

8,99 € 8,36 €

INDIA: Vikram Paralkar’s Night Theatre is a spellbinding, magically real story set in a rural Indian village. As dusk approaches, a surgeon goes about closing up his dilapidated clinic in rural India, when he is visited by a family - a teacher, his wife and their son. Victims of a senseless attack, they reveal to the surgeon wounds that they could not possibly have survived - and which the surgeon must mend before sunrise so that they may return to life.

The Book of Disquiet: The Complete Edition

Fernando Pessoa

9,99 € 9,29 €

PORTUGAL: Narrated principally by an assistant bookkeeper named Bernardo Soares - an alias of sorts for Pessoa himself - The Book of Disquiet is 'the autobiography of someone who never existed', a mosaic of dreams, of hope and despair; a hymn to the streets and cafés of 1930s Lisbon.

The Word for Woman is Wilderness

Abi Andrews

8,99 € 8,36 €

ALASKA: Narrator Erin is 19 and has never really left the area she grew up in. She’s watched Bear Grylls and wonders why it’s always men who get to have all the fun. So she decides to go to Alaska, alone. This is a beautiful tale of a one-woman expedition into the wilderness - the feminist adventure story the world has been waiting for.

The Summer House

Philip Teir

8,99 € 8,36 €

FINLAND: A shadow hangs over what was supposed to be an idyllic family summer holiday. Erik and Julia set off for the house by the sea in Finland with their two young children. But when they get there, happy childhood memories are marred by the arrival of an old friend, and over the course of the summer, the family start to wonder whether the holiday could be the undoing of them.

Hollow in the Land

James Clarke

12,99 €

LANCASHIRE, UK: A staycation for those not wishing to roam too far... Welcome to the Hollow in the Land: from its neglected high streets to the isolated wilderness of the surrounding moors, this Lancashire valley bursts with unforgettable characters, minor intrigues and all the rich strangeness of life in England today. Readers of Jon McGregor, Raymond Carver and Alice Munro will love this book.

Heaven, My Home

Attica Locke

8,99 € 8,36 €

TEXAS, USA: As well as being a bestselling author, Attica Locke also writes for screen - most recently she’s been on the writing team for the TV adaptation of Celeste Ng’s Little Fires Everywhere. In Heaven, My Home, Ranger Darren Mathews is investigating a case of racial violence down Highway 59, Texas. Darren has to battle centuries old prejudices as he races to save not only a vulnerable young boy, but himself. This remarkable book is the winner of a CWA Steel Dagger.