Leningrad Tales: The Raven’s Children 

Leningrad, 1938.  When Shura and Tanya’s parents and little brother suddenly disappear in the middle of the night, it’s rumoured that they have been taken by the mysterious Black Raven – and that their parents were spies. Tanya and Shura are determined to find their family – and so Shura decides to hand himself in to the Raven. He is taken to the Grey House, … Continue reading Leningrad Tales: The Raven’s Children 

Apple Cake and Baklava

Apple Cake and Baklava, by Kathrin Rohmann, is a novel for late primary kids and early secondary, dealing with asylum, how it feels to be a refugee, parallels between WWII and Syria, grandmas, recipes, a lost walnut that means the world and a budding friendship between Max and Leila. I love this book and can’t wait to see it in UK schools and libraries from … Continue reading Apple Cake and Baklava

Sacrifice – a German crime thriller

He must hunt her down. Kill her. Destroy her . . . In her very first case, criminal psychologist Lena Peters is confronted with a killer on a murderous vendetta. And though she is unaware, Lena will play a prominent role in his deadly mission. For now she is the hunter, but soon she will become the hunted. THE CHILLING FIRST NOVEL IN THE LENA PETERS … Continue reading Sacrifice – a German crime thriller

The Prehistory of the Turkic-Speaking Peoples

Slavic and Turkish languages have been studied separately for many years. This book offers scientific and theoretical hypotheses on the roots of the two cultures, which historically were in close contact with each other, as well as on the interrelated development of the Slavic and Turkic ethnic groups. This work also contains valuable information and perspectives on the development of grammatical rules shared by the … Continue reading The Prehistory of the Turkic-Speaking Peoples

The Crossing: My Journey to the Shattered Heart of Syria

By: Samar Yazbek Translated by: Nashwa Gowanlock and Ruth Ahmedzai Kemp Published: Rider Books (Penguin Random House) 2015 Reviews ‘The Crossing is not simply reportage or political analysis. It bears comparison with George Orwell’s Homage to Catalonia as a work of literature. Yazbek is a superb narrator who knows how to pace her text, craft dialogue and convey a universal sense of grief; this is how she crosses … Continue reading The Crossing: My Journey to the Shattered Heart of Syria

The Bride of Amman by Fadi Zaghmout

The Bride of Amman, a huge and controversial bestseller when first published in Arabic, takes a sharp-eyed look at the intersecting lives of four women and one gay man in Jordan’s historic capital, Amman-a city deeply imbued with its nation’s traditions and taboos. When Rana finds herself not only falling for a man of the wrong faith, but also getting into trouble with him, where … Continue reading The Bride of Amman by Fadi Zaghmout