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Brixton Beach by Roma Tearne
Brixton Beach by Roma Tearne
This book opens with a description of the 2005 London tube bombings, and I felt this opening really got the book off on the wrong foot - it wasn't well written and actually didn't fit with the rest of the book. Following this prologue, the book becomes a fascinating insight into the experience of migration, identity and belonging, and family relationships. The role of both London and the bombings is actually very minor.

Rather (and I felt slightly at odds with the blurb) half of this book is actually set in Sri Lanka and builds a wonderful picture of life on the verge of civil war. It is the building of this picture that makes the following contrast with life in London all the… Read more
Between the Assassinations by Aravind Adiga
Between the Assassinations by Aravind Adiga
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Richly imagined, 9 Mar 2010
Adiga's follow up to the White Tiger is this collection of short stories, set in the fictional town of Kittur in Southern India. For those who read and loved the White Tiger as much as I did, this book is not going to live up to expectations. But the way in which the author imagines this fictional town and is able to build up such a rich picture of life makes it well worth the read.

I found this a difficult book to begin with, as I'm generally not a fan of collections of short stories and had chosen to read the book simply because I had enjoyed the White Tiger so much. But I persevered, and once I had got through the first few stories, this picture of a town divided by wealth… Read more
Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei (Lonely Planet Coun&hellip by Simon Richmond
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I visited Malaysia towards the end of 2009 and found this book very useful and reliable. As someone who has learnt to consistently trust Lonely Planet, I was not disappointed. The book features excellent food recommendations - particularly for Kuala Lumpur. Given so much choice in the capital of Malaysia in terms of cuisine, it was great to have some pointers to local restaurants off the beaten track, and we were able to sample some great local food.

The walking tours were also great, they can help you into some of the most packed and non-tourist friendly areas. China Town and Little India were rammed with people (especially the fantastic Ramadan market in Little India,… Read more

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