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  • Cover image of book The Stray Cats of Homs by Eva Nour
    The Stray Cats of Homs - by Eva Nour

    £12.99   hardback   (2020) - ISBN 13: 9780857526755 | ISBN 10: 0857526758

    'A cat has seven souls in Arabic. In English cats have nine lives. You probably have both nine lives and seven souls, because otherwise I don't know how you've made it this far.'  Sami's childhood is much like any other - an innocent blend of ... more

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  • Cover image of book 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World by Elif Shafak
    10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World - by Elif Shafak

    £8.99   paperback   (2020) - ISBN 13: 9780241979464 | ISBN 10: 0241979463

    SHORTLISTED FOR THE BOOKER PRIZE 2019  'Expect vibrant, vivid and eye-opening descriptions of Middle Eastern life propelled by a tender storyline, all in Shafak's haunting, beautiful and considered prose' Vanity Fair  'Incredibly sens ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Ministry of Guidance - and Other Stories by Golnoosh Nour
    The Ministry of Guidance - and Other Stories - by Golnoosh Nour

    £7.99   paperback   (2020) - ISBN 13: 9781916129283 | ISBN 10: 1916129285

    Set mostly in Iran, but making forays to London, Germany, and the transit area of a Ukrainian airport, the stories are brilliantly deft in summoning up the dilemmas of their protagonists, be they characters who are kicking against the confines of the ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Beekeeper of Aleppo by Christy Lefteri
    The Beekeeper of Aleppo - by Christy Lefteri

    £8.99   paperback   (2020) - ISBN 13: 9781838770013 | ISBN 10: 1838770011

    For readers of The Tattooist of Auschwitz, The Kite Runner and The Other Hand - a testament to the human powers of survival.  In the midst of war, he found love In the midst of darkness, he found courage In the midst of tragedy, he found hope ... more

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  • Cover image of book Guapa by Saleem Haddad
    Guapa - by Saleem Haddad

    £8.99   paperback   (2019) - ISBN 13: 9781787702059 | ISBN 10: 1787702057

    A novel of the Arab Spring  Winner of the Polari First Book Prize 2017  A Middle-Eastern capital caught in the revolutionary wave of the Arab Spring. A day in the life of a young man disillusioned with both East and West and struggling to fin ... more

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  • Cover image of book Palestine +100: Stories From a Century After the Nakba by Basma Ghalayini (Editor)
    Palestine +100: Stories From a Century After the Nakba - by Basma Ghalayini (Editor)

    £9.99   paperback   (2019) - ISBN 13: 9781910974445 | ISBN 10: 1910974447

    STORIES FROM A CENTURY AFTER THE NAKBA   Palestine +100 poses a question to twelve Palestinian writers: what might your country look like in the year 2048 – a century after the tragedies and trauma of what has come to be called the Nakba? How mi ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Book of Tehran: A City in Short Fiction by Fereshteh Ahmadi (Editor)
    The Book of Tehran: A City in Short Fiction - by Fereshteh Ahmadi (Editor)

    £9.99   paperback   (2019) - ISBN 13: 9781910974247 | ISBN 10: 1910974242

    Featuring Atoosa Afshin-Navid, Fereshteh Ahmadi, Kourosh Asadi, Azardokht Bahrami, Hamed Habibi, Mohammad Hosseini, Amir-Hossein Khorshidfar, Payam Nasser, Goli Taraghi & Mohammad Tolouei   Foreword by Orkideh Behrouzan.  A city of ... more

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  • Cover image of book Song of a Captive Bird by Jasmin Darznik
    Song of a Captive Bird - by Jasmin Darznik

    £12.99   paperback   (2019) - ISBN 13: 9780399182334 | ISBN 10: 0399182330

    LOS ANGELES TIMES BESTSELLER   A spellbinding debut novel about the trailblazing Iranian poet Forugh Farrokhzad, who defied society’s expectations to find her voice and her destiny.  All through her childhood in Tehran, Forugh Farrokhzad is ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Baghdad Clock by Shahad Al Rawi
    The Baghdad Clock - by Shahad Al Rawi

    £8.99   paperback   (2019) - ISBN 13: 9781786074867 | ISBN 10: 1786074869

    SHORTLISTED FOR THE INTERNATIONAL PRIZE FOR ARABIC FICTION 2018   For fans of The Kite Runner comes this remarkable debut, the number one bestselling title in Iraq, Dubai and the UAE.  It's 1991 and the Gulf War is raging. Two girls, h ... more

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  • Cover image of book The President
    The President's Gardens - by Muhsin Al-Ramli

    £8.99   paperback   (2018) - ISBN 13: 9780857056801 | ISBN 10: 0857056808

    Translated from the Arabic by Luke Leafgren.  On the third day of Ramadan, the village wakes to find the severed heads of nine of its sons stacked in banana crates by the bus stop.  One of them belonged to one of the most wanted men in Iraq ... more

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  • Cover image of book Frankenstein in Baghdad by Ahmed Saadawi
    Frankenstein in Baghdad - by Ahmed Saadawi

    £9.99   paperback   (2018) - ISBN 13: 9781786073976 | ISBN 10: 1786073978

    A satirical reimagining of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein set in war-torn Baghdad.  SHORTLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER INTERNATIONAL PRIZE 2018 WINNER OF THE INTERNATIONAL PRIZE FOR ARABIC FICTION   From the rubble-strewn streets of US-occupied Bag ... more

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  • Cover image of book Raising Sparks by Ariel Kahn
    Raising Sparks - by Ariel Kahn

    £8.99   paperback   (2018) - ISBN 13: 9781910422410 | ISBN 10: 191042241x

    Malka Sabbatto is a young woman who flees the confines of her traditional family in Jerusalem, followed by Moshe, a Russian immigrant and her father's top student. After falling in with a sinister cult in Safed she escapes to Jaffa, where she starts ... more

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  • Cover image of book Sea Prayer by Khaled Hosseini, illustrated by Dan Williams
    Sea Prayer - by Khaled Hosseini, illustrated by Dan Williams

    £12.99   hardback   (2018) - ISBN 13: 9781526602718 | ISBN 10: 1526602717

    My dear Marwan, I look at your profile in the glow of this moon, my boy, your eyelashes like calligraphy, closed in guileless sleep. And I say to you, 'Hold my hand. Nothing bad will happen.'   A deeply moving, gorgeously illustrated short wo ... more

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  • Cover image of book Shatila Stories by Various authors
    Shatila Stories - by Various authors

    £12.00   paperback   (2018) - ISBN 13: 9781908670489 | ISBN 10: 1908670487

    Peirene Press donate 50p of each sale and all profits of this book to the Lebanese NGO Basmeh & Zeitooneh - www.basmeh-zeitooneh.org   Most novels are written by professional writers using second hand material. Not this one. Peirene commissio ... more

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  • Cover image of book Salt Houses by Hala Alyan
    Salt Houses - by Hala Alyan

    £9.99   paperback   (2018) - ISBN 13: 9780099510932 | ISBN 10: 0099510936

    Where do you go when you can’t go home?   On the eve of her daughter Alia’s wedding, Salma reads the girl’s future in a cup of coffee dregs.  Although she keeps her predictions to herself that day, they soon come to pass in the w ... more

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  • Cover image of book Fractured Destinies by Rabai Al-Madhoun
    Fractured Destinies - by Rabai Al-Madhoun

    £11.99   paperback   (2018) - ISBN 13: 9789774168628 | ISBN 10: 9774168623

    Palestinian-Armenian Ivana eloped with a British doctor in the 1940s, in the midst of the Nakba, and emigrated to England.   Over half a century later, her daughter Julie has been tasked with her dying wish: to take her ashes back to their old ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Blind Owl and Other Stories by Sadeq Hedayat
    The Blind Owl and Other Stories - by Sadeq Hedayat

    £9.99   paperback   (2017) - ISBN 13: 9780714544588 | ISBN 10: 0714544582

    Written in Persian, The Blind Owl is predominantly a love story – an unconventional love story that elicits visions and nightmare reveries from the depths of the reader’s subconscious. A young man, an old man and a beautiful young girl perform, a ... more

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  • Cover image of book An Unsafe Haven by Nada Awar Jarrar
    An Unsafe Haven - by Nada Awar Jarrar

    £8.99   paperback   (2017) - ISBN 13: 9780008165048 | ISBN 10: 0008165041

    Nada Awar Jarrar paints an intimate portrait of modern-day Beirut where everyone has a story to tell...  Journalist Hannah is deeply rooted in the city of her birth, reporting first-hand on growing unrest in the region. Her American husband Pet ... more

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  • Cover image of book Judas by Amoz Oz
    Judas - by Amoz Oz

    £8.99   paperback   (2017) - ISBN 13: 9781784701956 | ISBN 10: 1784701955

    SHORTLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER INTERNATIONAL PRIZE 2017   Amos Oz's first major novel in a decade – since A Tale of Love and Darkness, which sold over 2 million copies worldwide.   Shmuel – a young, idealistic student – has abandoned his ... more

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  • Cover image of book I Hid My Voice by Parinoush Saniee
    I Hid My Voice - by Parinoush Saniee

    £8.99   paperback   (2017) - ISBN 13: 9781408707500 | ISBN 10: 1408707500

    A sweet and touching novel which can be read both as a coming of age story, set against a fascinating backdrop, and at a deeper level as a commentary on life in country where there is very little freedom of expression. This is the story, based on ... more

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  • Cover image of book All the Rivers by Dorit Rabinyan
    All the Rivers - by Dorit Rabinyan

    £8.99   paperback   (2017) - ISBN 13: 9781781257647 | ISBN 10: 1781257647

    A chance encounter in New York brings two strangers together: Liat is an idealistic translation student, Hilmi a talented young painter. Together they explore the city, share fantasies, jokes and homemade meals, and fall in love. There is only one pr ... more

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  • Cover image of book Guapa by Saleem Haddad
    Guapa - by Saleem Haddad

    £10.99   paperback   (2016) - ISBN 13: 9781609454135 | ISBN 10: 1609454138

    A Middle-Eastern capital caught in the revolutionary wave of the Arab Spring.  A day in the life of a young man disillusioned with both East and West and struggling to find a place for himself in a society ruled by hypocrisy and contradictions. ... more

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  • Cover image of book God in Pink by Hasan Namir
    God in Pink - by Hasan Namir

    £13.99   paperback   (2016) - ISBN 13: 9781551526065 | ISBN 10: 1551526069

    A Globe 100 Best Book of the Year Lambda Literary Award winner  The debut book by Hasan Namir is a revelatory novel about being queer and Muslim, set in war-torn Iraq in 2003.  Ramy is a closeted university student whose parents have died ... more

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  • Cover image of book No Knives in the Kitchens of This City by Khaled Khalifa, translated by Leri Price
    No Knives in the Kitchens of This City - by Khaled Khalifa, translated by Leri Price

    £9.99   paperback   (2016) - ISBN 13: 9789774167812 | ISBN 10: 9774167813

    Winner of the Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature: an eloquent portrayal of life under dictatorship by an acclaimed Syrian writer.  In the once beautiful city of Aleppo, one Syrian family descends into tragedy and ruin. Irrepressible Sawsan f ... more

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  • Cover image of book Iraq + 100: Stories from a Century After the Invasion by Hassan Blasim (Editor)
    Iraq + 100: Stories from a Century After the Invasion - by Hassan Blasim (Editor)

    £9.99   paperback   (2016) - ISBN 13: 9781905583669 | ISBN 10: 1905583664

    Featuring Anoud, Hassan Abdulrazzak, Ibrahim Al-Marashi, Zhraa Alhaboby, Ali Bader, Hassan Blasim, Mortada Gzar, Jalal Hasan, Diaa Jubaili & Khalid Kaki   Iraq + 100 poses a question to ten Iraqi writers: what might your country look like in t ... more

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  • Cover image of book War by Janne Teller
    War - by Janne Teller

    £9.99   hardback   (2016) - ISBN 13: 9781471161476 | ISBN 10: 1471161471

    Endorsed by Amnesty International.  Imagine if war broke out – not in Iraq or Afghanistan, somewhere far far away, but here, in our country. In War, Janne Teller embarks on a thought-provoking experiment: by simply turning the current cris ... more

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  • Cover image of book Just Another Jihadi Jane by Tabish Khair
    Just Another Jihadi Jane - by Tabish Khair

    £9.99   paperback   (2016) - ISBN 13: 9781902932545 | ISBN 10: 1902932544

    At first glance, Jamilla and Ameena couldn’t be more different. Both are Yorkshire-born teenage girls of South Asian descent; but whereas Jamilla lives with her conservative Muslim family and is quiet, religious and academically bright, the more wo ... more

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  • Cover image of book I Stared at the Night of the City by Bakhtiyar Ali, translated from the Kurdish by Kareem Abdulrahman
    I Stared at the Night of the City - by Bakhtiyar Ali, translated from the Kurdish by Kareem Abdulrahman

    £9.99   paperback   (2016) - ISBN 13: 9781859641255 | ISBN 10: 1859641253

    Iraqi Kurdistan at the turn of the twenty-first century is a territory ruled by strongmen, revolutionaries, fixers, bureaucrats and the “Barons” who control everything from livestock and land to Kurdish cultural life.   Defying the absolut ... more

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  • Cover image of book Breaking Knees: Sixty-Three Very Short Stories from Syria by Zakaria Tamer
    Breaking Knees: Sixty-Three Very Short Stories from Syria - by Zakaria Tamer

    £9.99   paperback   (2016) - ISBN 13: 9781902932453 | ISBN 10: 1902932455

    Wry, satirical and bawdy, Tamers stories are always informed by his dark view of humanity and of Syrian society in particular. Through these glimpses of corrupt, fearful lives under a violent dictatorship, it is possible to discern echoes of the sto ... more

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  • Cover image of book Time of White Horses by Ibrahim Nasrallah, translated by Nancy Roberts
    Time of White Horses - by Ibrahim Nasrallah, translated by Nancy Roberts

    £10.99   paperback   (2016) - ISBN 13: 9789774167577 | ISBN 10: 9774167570

    Shortlisted for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction Spanning the collapse of Ottoman rule and the British Mandate in Palestine, this is the story of three generations of a defiant family from the Palestinian village of Hadiya before 1948.& ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Broken Mirrors: Sinalcol by Elias Khoury
    The Broken Mirrors: Sinalcol - by Elias Khoury

    £9.99   paperback   (2016) - ISBN 13: 9781848667723 | ISBN 10: 1848667728

    Lebanon's definitive national epic - a tale of sibling rivalry, civil war and betrayal by perhaps the finest living Arabic novelist.   Why did he return to Beirut?   Why did Karim leave his wife and children and the life he had built in ... more

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  • Cover image of book Haifa Fragments by Khulud Khamis
    Haifa Fragments - by Khulud Khamis

    £8.99   paperback   (2015) - ISBN 13: 9781780262598 | ISBN 10: 1780262590

    Jewellery designer, Maisoon, wants an ordinary extraordinary life, which isnt easy for a tradition-defying, activist, Palestinian citizen of Israel, who refuses to be crushed by the feeling that she is an unwelcome guest in the land of her ancestors ... more

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  • Cover image of book An Unnecessary Woman by Rabih Alameddine
    An Unnecessary Woman - by Rabih Alameddine

    £8.99   paperback   (2015) - ISBN 13: 9781472119209 | ISBN 10: 1472119207

    Rabih Alameddine follows his international bestseller The Hakawati with an enchanting story of the life of a book-loving, obsessive, seventy-two-year-old, blue-haired 'unnecessary woman', living in Beirut. This is a novel to savour.  Aaliya Sal ... more

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  • Cover image of book Hurma by Ali al-Muqri
    Hurma - by Ali al-Muqri

    £8.99   paperback   (2015) - ISBN 13: 9781850772774 | ISBN 10: 1850772770

    Denied her voice, even the freedom to ask questions, al-Muqris ill-fated heroine remains nameless. As a female she is simply a Hurma literally sanctity, an entity to be protected from violation. Growing up in the stifling and oppressive atmos ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Land Agent by J. David Simons
    The Land Agent - by J. David Simons

    £8.99   paperback   (2015) - ISBN 13: 9781908643964 | ISBN 10: 190864396x

    Set in 1902s Palestine, this compelling novel by the author of bestseller An Exquisite Sense of What Is Beautiful tells a haunting tale of love and finding a home in the world.   Palestine, 1920s. Working as an agent for one of the riches ... more

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  • Cover image of book Aliyyah by Chris Dolan
    Aliyyah - by Chris Dolan

    £8.95   paperback   (2015) - ISBN 13: 9781908251442 | ISBN 10: 1908251441

    Captain Robert Haldane wakes up in a strange room, in an old house, surrounded by a beautiful but ramshackle orchard, miles from anywhere. The last thing he can remember is his helicopter being shot down over enemy territory. It appears he is in a sa ... more

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  • Cover image of book Children of the Jacaranda Tree by Sahar Delijani
    Children of the Jacaranda Tree - by Sahar Delijani

    £8.99   paperback   (2015) - ISBN 13: 9781780224619 | ISBN 10: 1780224613

    Iran. Amidst one country's tragedy, three mothers are united by love.  Includes reading group notes.  Tehran, 1983. A city paralysed by fear, its people silenced. And the beating heart of the regime is Evin prison. Yet even within its wall ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Book of Gaza: A City in Short Fiction by Atef Abu Saif (Editor)
    The Book of Gaza: A City in Short Fiction - by Atef Abu Saif (Editor)

    £9.99   paperback   (2014) - ISBN 13: 9781905583645 | ISBN 10: 1905583648

    Featuring Atef Abu Saif, Abdallah Tayeh, Talal Abu Shawish, Mona Abu Sharekh, Najlaa Ataallah, Ghareeb Asqalani, Nayrouz Qarmout, Yusra al Khatib, Asmaa al Ghul & Zaki al 'Ela Under the Israeli occupation of the '70s and '80s, writers in Gaza had ... more

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  • Cover image of book Throwing Sparks by Abdo Khal
    Throwing Sparks - by Abdo Khal

    £12.99   hardback   (2014) - ISBN 13: 9789992179093 | ISBN 10: 9992179090

    When an opulent palace is built on the Jeddah waterfront near his poverty-stricken neighbourhood, ambitious Tariq sees a way out of his life of petty crime. He stares longingly at the huge gates, dreaming of the luxuries beyond.   But dream qu ... more

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  • Cover image of book Things We Left Unsaid by Zoya Pirzad
    Things We Left Unsaid - by Zoya Pirzad

    £8.99   paperback   (2013) - ISBN 13: 9781851689675 | ISBN 10: 1851689672

    Deep in an Iranian suburb, made rich by the booming oil industry, Clarice Ayvazian lives a comfortable life surrounded by the gentle bickering of her children and her gossiping friends and relatives. Happy being at the heart of her family, she devote ... more

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  • Cover image of book One Thousand and One Nights by Hanan Al-Shaykh
    One Thousand and One Nights - by Hanan Al-Shaykh

    £9.99   paperback   (2013) - ISBN 13: 9781408827765 | ISBN 10: 140882776x

    One Thousand and One Nights are the never-ending stories told by Shahrazad under sentence of death to King Shahrayar. Maddened by the discovery of his wife's orgies, King Shahrayar vows to marry a virgin every night and kill her in the morning. To su ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Lady from Tel Aviv by Raba
    The Lady from Tel Aviv - by Raba'i al-Madhoun

    £8.99   paperback   (2013) - ISBN 13: 9781846590917 | ISBN 10: 1846590914

    Shortlisted for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction 2010 Winner of the English Pen Award In the economy class of a plane, the lives of two passengers intersect: Walid Dahman, a Palestinian writer, is returning to his family in Gaza for t ... more

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  • Cover image of book Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson
    Alif the Unseen - by G. Willow Wilson

    £8.99   paperback   (2013) - ISBN 13: 9780857895691 | ISBN 10: 0857895699

    'I will tell you a story, but it comes with a warning; when you hear it, you will become someone else.'  He calls himself Alif - few people know his real name - a young man born in a Middle Eastern city that straddles the ancient and modern wor ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Silence and the Roar by Nihad Sirees
    The Silence and the Roar - by Nihad Sirees

    £8.99   paperback   (2013) - ISBN 13: 9781908968296 | ISBN 10: 190896829x

    With The Silence and the Roar, Nihad Sirees writes a powerful, life-affirming and Kafkaesque novel about a censored writer trying to live a normal life under a Middle Eastern dictatorship, Syria.   Fathi, a writer no longer permitted to write, ... more

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  • Cover image of book Scenes from Village Life by Amos Oz, translated by Nicholas De Lange
    Scenes from Village Life - by Amos Oz, translated by Nicholas De Lange

    £9.99   paperback   (2012) - ISBN 13: 9780099541363 | ISBN 10: 009954136x

    A teenage son shoots himself under his parents' bed. They sleep that night unaware he is lying dead beneath them. A stranger turns up at a man's door to persude him that they must get rid of his ageing mother in order to sell the house.   A ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Almond Tree by Michelle Cohen Corasanti
    The Almond Tree - by Michelle Cohen Corasanti

    £7.99   paperback   (2012) - ISBN 13: 9781859643297 | ISBN 10: 1859643299

    Gifted with a mind that continues to impress the elders in his village, Ichmad Hamid struggles with the knowledge that he can do nothing to save his friends and family. Living on occupied land, his entire village operates in constant fear of losing t ... more

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  • Cover image of book A Land without Jasmine by Wajdi al-Ahdal
    A Land without Jasmine - by Wajdi al-Ahdal

    £8.99   paperback   (2012) - ISBN 13: 9781859643105 | ISBN 10: 1859643108

    A Land without Jasmine is a sexy, satirical detective story about the sudden disappearance of a young female student from Yemens Sanaa University. Each chapter is narrated by a different character beginning with Jasmine herself. The mystery surround ... more

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  • Cover image of book Habibi by Craig Thompson
    Habibi - by Craig Thompson

    £22.50   hardback   (2011) - ISBN 13: 9780571241323 | ISBN 10: 0571241328

    Habibi, based on a Middle Eastern fable, tells the story of Dodola, who escapes being sold into slavery and rescues an abandoned baby she names Zam. They live in isolation in an old boat in the desert. As they age their relationship shifts from mothe ... more

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  • Cover image of book Sarmada by Fadi Azzam
    Sarmada - by Fadi Azzam

    £10.99   paperback   (2011) - ISBN 13: 9781906697341 | ISBN 10: 1906697345

    Three women struggle against the forces of society, family, and passion in a small Druze village in the south of Syria as the country itself struggles against the forces of the Ottoman Empire, the French Empire, and then the Baath.   The v ... more

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  • Cover image of book To the End of the Land by David Grossman
    To the End of the Land - by David Grossman

    £9.99   paperback   (2011) - ISBN 13: 9780099546740 | ISBN 10: 0099546744

    From one of the world's most acclaimed writers comes a novel of extraordinary power about family life the greatest human drama and the cost of war. Ora, a middle-aged mother, is on the verge of celebrating her son Ofers release from Isra ... more

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  • Cover image of book Can the Gods Cry? by Allan Cameron
    Can the Gods Cry? - by Allan Cameron

    £11.00   paperback   (2011) - ISBN 13: 9781908251008 | ISBN 10: 190825100x

    With one exception, these short stories were written for this collection, and they tentatively look at different themes such as compassion, passivity and their opposites, which are not, of course, original themes, as none exist. The stories are told ... more

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  • Cover image of book Somewhere, Home by Nada Awar Jarrar
    Somewhere, Home - by Nada Awar Jarrar

    £8.99   paperback   (2011) - ISBN 13: 9780007221943 | ISBN 10: 0007221940

    This remarkable novel, winner of the Commonwealth Writers Prize, tells the story of three women, each of them far from where they came, all of whom are still searching for somewhere that can be called home.  Maysa returns to the house th ... more

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  • Cover image of book Shake Off by Mischa Hiller
    Shake Off - by Mischa Hiller

    £7.99   paperback   (2011) - ISBN 13: 9781846590887 | ISBN 10: 1846590884

    From surviving a massacre in Beirut to becoming a KGB-trained operative working undercover for the mysterious Abu Leila, Palestinian Michel's journey has been hard. Hooked on painkillers and posing as a student in London, Michel leads a secret double ... more

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  • Cover image of book Spectres by Radwa Ashour
    Spectres - by Radwa Ashour

    £7.99   paperback   (2010) - ISBN 13: 9781906697259 | ISBN 10: 1906697256

    Spectres tells the story of Radwa and Shagar, two women born on the same day. The narrative alternates between their childhoods, their days at work, their married and unmarried lives, and the two books they are writing, both called Spectres.   ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Secret Life of Saeed the Pessoptimist by Emile Habiby, translated by Salma K Jayyusi and Trevor Le Gassick
    The Secret Life of Saeed the Pessoptimist - by Emile Habiby, translated by Salma K Jayyusi and Trevor Le Gassick

    £10.99   paperback   (2010) - ISBN 13: 9781906697266 | ISBN 10: 1906697264

    Purposefully imitating Voltaire's classic Candide, another dark comedy which derives its humour from life's tragedies, Habiby's The Secret Life of Saeed the Pessoptimist is a classic of Arab literature. Saeed's, a Palestinian who becomes a citizen of ... more

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  • Cover image of book Wild Mulberries by Iman Humaydan Younes, translated by Michelle Hartman
    Wild Mulberries - by Iman Humaydan Younes, translated by Michelle Hartman

    £7.99   paperback   (2010) - ISBN 13: 9781906697273 | ISBN 10: 1906697272

    Shortlisted for the Banipal Translation Prize 2009.   Sarah is on the brink of adulthood in her village in the mountains of Lebanon in the 1930's, a world itself hesitating on the verge of change. Her father the shaykh is uninterested in an ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Age of Orphans by Laleh Khadivi
    The Age of Orphans - by Laleh Khadivi

    £7.99   paperback   (2010) - ISBN 13: 9781408802533 | ISBN 10: 1408802538

    A nine-year-old Kurdish boy plays in his village in the Persian mountains, gazing over the land of his fathers and forefathers. But when messengers from the hills bring whispers of war and rumours that the Shah's army is on the march, he must stand a ... more

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  • Cover image of book Day After Night by Anita Diamant
    Day After Night - by Anita Diamant

    £9.99   paperback   (2010) - ISBN 13: 9781847398611 | ISBN 10: 1847398618

    Atlit is a holding camp for "illegal" immigrants in Israel in 1945. There, about 270 men and women await their future and try to recover from their past. Diamant, with infinite compassion and understanding, tells the stories of the women gathered in ... more

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  • Cover image of book Rhyming Life and Death by Amoz Oz, translated from the Hebrew by Nicholas de Lange
    Rhyming Life and Death - by Amoz Oz, translated from the Hebrew by Nicholas de Lange

    £9.99   paperback   (2010) - ISBN 13: 9780099521020 | ISBN 10: 0099521024

    An unnamed author waits in a bar in Tel Aviv on a stifling hot night. He is there to give a reading of his work but as he sits, bored, he begins to conjure up the life stories of the people he meets, not least Ricky, an equally bored but seductive wa ... more

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  • Cover image of book A Good Land by Nada Awar Jarrar
    A Good Land - by Nada Awar Jarrar

    £7.99   paperback   (2010) - ISBN 13: 9780007221981 | ISBN 10: 0007221983

    The old neighbourhood block in Beirut was home to an ever- changing population as the fighting intensified and lessened. But three people were almost always there.The older Polish woman, Margo, refugee from her past, her country and family after anot ... more

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  • Cover image of book My Name is Red by Orhan Pamuk
    My Name is Red - by Orhan Pamuk

    £8.99   paperback   (2010) - ISBN 13: 9780571268832 | ISBN 10: 0571268838

    In Istanbul, in the late 1590s, the Sultan secretly commissions a great book: a celebration of his life and his empire, to be illuminated by the best artists of the day - in the European manner. But when one of the miniaturists is murdered, their ma ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Madman of Freedom Square by Hassan Blasim, translated from the Arabic by Jonathan Wright
    The Madman of Freedom Square - by Hassan Blasim, translated from the Arabic by Jonathan Wright

    £7.99   paperback   (2009) - ISBN 13: 9781905583256 | ISBN 10: 1905583257

    From hostage-video makers in Baghdad, to human trafficking in the forests of Serbia, institutionalised paranoia in the Saddam years, to the nightmares of an exile trying to embrace a new life in Amsterdam... Blasims stories present an uncompromising ... more

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  • Cover image of book Modern Arabic Short Stories: A Bilingual Reader by Edited by Ronal Husni and Daniel L. Newman
    Modern Arabic Short Stories: A Bilingual Reader - by Edited by Ronal Husni and Daniel L. Newman

    £14.99   paperback   (2008) - ISBN 13: 9780863564369 | ISBN 10: 0863564364

    Twelve stories by Contemporary Masters from Morocco to Iraq.  The stories collected here are by leading authors of the short story form in the Middle East today. In addition to works by writers already well-known in the West, such as Idwar al ... more

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  • Cover image of book Girls of Riyadh by Rajaa Alsanea
    Girls of Riyadh - by Rajaa Alsanea

    £8.99   paperback   (2008) - ISBN 13: 9780141030616 | ISBN 10: 0141030615

    Can you be a twenty-first century girl and a Saudi girl?   Gamrahs faith in her new husband is not exactly returned... Sadeem is a little too willing to please her fianc... Michelle is half-American and the wrong class for her boyfriends f ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Olive Grove by Deborah Rohan
    The Olive Grove - by Deborah Rohan

    £11.99   paperback   (2008) - ISBN 13: 9780863566677 | ISBN 10: 0863566677

    The Moghrabis have lived in Palestine for centuries. Near the end of the First World War, Ottoman soldier Kamel Moghrabi is imprisoned by his Turkish masters. Reunited with his family after being freed by British soldiers, he marries his childhood sw ... more

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  • Cover image of book Tale of a Certain Orient by Milton Hatoum
    Tale of a Certain Orient - by Milton Hatoum

    £7.99   paperback   (2007) - ISBN 13: 9780747569077 | ISBN 10: 074756907x

    When Emilie, the matriarch of a large and unruly family of Lebanese emigrants, is on her deathbed, her granddaughter must return to Manaus and her childhood home to say goodbye. Here, in the heart of the Amazon, she becomes enveloped in memories, as ... more

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  • Cover image of book My Father
    My Father's Notebook - by Kader Abdolah

    £8.99   paperback   (2007) - ISBN 13: 9781841959276 | ISBN 10: 1841959278

    Ishmael is a man separated from his history. As a young man he was driven out of his home, exiled from all he loved most by the tumultuous revolution that overwhelmed his country. Years later, thousands of miles away, his father dies. His legacy is a ... more

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  • Cover image of book Let It Be Morning by Sayed Kashua
    Let It Be Morning - by Sayed Kashua

    £8.99   paperback   (2007) - ISBN 13: 9781843545439 | ISBN 10: 1843545438

    A young journalist, recently married and with a new baby, is seeking a quieter life away from the city and has bought a large house in his parent's hometown, an Arab village in Israel. Nothing is as he remembers: everything is smaller, the people pet ... more

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  • Cover image of book Qissat; Short Stories by Palestinian Women by Jo Glanville (Ed)
    Qissat; Short Stories by Palestinian Women - by Jo Glanville (Ed)

    £9.99   paperback   (2006) - ISBN 13: 9781846590122 | ISBN 10: 1846590124

    These fascinating and diverse stories reflect the everyday concerns of Palestinians living under occupation. Writers who were children during the first intifada appear alongside those who remember the outbreak of the Lebanese civil war. They offer co ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Nimrod Flip-Out by Etgar Keret
    The Nimrod Flip-Out - by Etgar Keret

    £9.99   paperback   (2006) - ISBN 13: 9780099497226 | ISBN 10: 0099497220

    In this collection of brilliant, bite-sized satiric tales, Israel's bestselling Etgar Keret chronicles the strange ironies that suffuse his characters' lives.  Daring, illuminating, intense and poignant, these stories are as painfully funny as t ... more

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  • Cover image of book Love and Strangers: Two Novellas by David Grossman
    Love and Strangers: Two Novellas - by David Grossman

    £8.99   paperback   (2006) - ISBN 13: 9780747581352 | ISBN 10: 0747581355

    These two novellas concern love. In Frenzy, Shaul is convinced that his wife is having an affair. He feverishly imagines her, in every painful detail, with her lover. Esther has never seen the human side of her aloof brother-in-law, but during a nig ... more

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  • Cover image of book Wild Thorns by Sahar Khalifeh
    Wild Thorns - by Sahar Khalifeh

    £7.99   paperback   (2005) - ISBN 13: 9780863565373 | ISBN 10: 0863565379

    A young Palestinian named Usama returns from working in the Gulf to support the resistance movement. His mission is to blow up buses transporting Palestinian workers to Israel. Shocked to discover that many of his fellow citizens have adjusted t ... more

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  • Cover image of book Shumaisi by Turki al-Hamad
    Shumaisi - by Turki al-Hamad

    £9.99   paperback   (2005) - ISBN 13: 9780863569111 | ISBN 10: 0863569110

    The second volume in al-Hamad's explosive coming-of-age trilogy.  The year is 1970, a period of crisis in the Arab world. Twenty-year-old Hisham has left home for the Saudi Arabian capital Riyadh, where he's enrolled at university to study po ... more

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  • Cover image of book A House at the Edge of Tears by Venus Khoury-Ghata
    A House at the Edge of Tears - by Venus Khoury-Ghata

    £10.99   paperback   (2005) - ISBN 13: 9781555974343 | ISBN 10: 1555974341

    The thought of killing him never crossed my mind. I want to bury him alive. Your threats, your son's moans, our sobs, have been transformed by time into shame, a shame as penetrating as the rain that soaked the four faces fixed on your slightest move ... more

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  • Cover image of book Adama by Turki al-Hamad
    Adama - by Turki al-Hamad

    £9.99   paperback   (2003) - ISBN 13: 9780863563119 | ISBN 10: 0863563112

    Turki al-Hamad's explosive novel Adama Became an unlikely bestseller in the Middle East, selling more than 20,000 copies despite being officially banned in several countries, including the author's native Saudi Arabia. A compelling coming-of-age stor ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Belt by Ahmed Abodehman
    The Belt - by Ahmed Abodehman

    £7.99   paperback   (2003) - ISBN 13: 9780863563072 | ISBN 10: 0863563074

    Ahmed grows up in a small Saudi village steeped in the family ties, legends, poetry and songs of traditional tribal culture. As he becomes a man, the cataclysmic changes of modernity spring up around him. Islam is imposing itself more and more strong ... more

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  • Cover image of book They Die Strangers; A Novella and Short Stories from Yemen by Mohammad Abdul-Wali
    They Die Strangers; A Novella and Short Stories from Yemen - by Mohammad Abdul-Wali

    £11.99   paperback   (2001) - ISBN 13: 9780292705081 | ISBN 10: 0292705085

    These stories, filled with nostalgia and the bitterness of exile, deal with Yemenis caught between differing cultures. Civil war and labor migration affect men abroad, women left behind, and children raised without fathers. The richness of Yemeni cul ... more

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  • Cover image of book Dear Mr Kawabata by Rashid Al-Daif, translated by Paul Starkey
    Dear Mr Kawabata - by Rashid Al-Daif, translated by Paul Starkey

    £7.00   paperback   (1999) - ISBN 13: 9780704381131 | ISBN 10: 0704381133

    As a young Lebanese man lies dying in a makeshift mortuary in Beirut during the last days of the civil war in 1991, thoughts of his past life flood through his mind. In his disorded imagination, he writes to the Japanese novelist Yasunari Kawabata wh ... more

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