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    The Return of Faraz Ali

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    Tawaifs

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    The Wonders

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    A Brief History of Feminist Organizing in Spain

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    Four Treasures of the Sky

    '…when our Chinese customers come asking for millet and green onions, buying licorice and cinnamon, I watch them with tenderness, following their movements. I miss you, and I do not even know ...

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    The Four Treasures of Chinese Calligraphy

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    Hotel Magnifique

    A golden ticket or a gilded cage? Seventeen-year-old Jani and her younger sister Zosa are not sure what they will find behind the doors of the Hotel Magnifique, but they know it must be better than ...

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    Captivating Fantasy Worlds to Explore Next

    A trip to Elsewhere in the young adult debut Hotel Magnifique is enough to give anyone the itch to travel. The question is, where to next? Here are some suggestions of fantasy worlds to explore once ...

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    Scoundrel

    'There is certainly a book in the weird coming together of three people as different as the three of us, for a psychologist at least.' So were the reflections of book editor and translator ...

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    True Crime

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    Young Mungo

    Douglas Stuart's Young Mungo follows a crucial year in the life of Mungo Hamilton, a boy growing up in the difficult world of Glasgow's East End estates. Mungo's upbringing is marked by anxiety and ...

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    Religious Sectarianism in Glasgow: Then and Now

    One theme of Douglas Stuart's Young Mungo is the quotidian experience of violence. In part, this violence comes from warring sectarian gangs, whose vicious rivalry wreaks havoc in Glasgow's East ...

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