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The Poem of the Cid – Anonymous

Wonderful most ancient literary text in Spanish, takes you right into the Middle Ages, when Christians and Muslims were engaged in constant war.

The Baphomet – Pierre Klossowski

God isn't taking in any more souls, so the spirits are piling up on earth. Theresa is one of the blessed, but she has been granted a dispensation to hang around looking after the soul of her former confessor.


Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain

The characters, the adventures and Huck's voice are a triumph of literature.

Under Fire – Henri Barbusse

Based on the author’s experiences fighting on the Western Front, this was one of the first WWI novels to be published (1916). Although it is fiction, the realities of war, told by a first-hand witness, are real.


419 – Will Ferguson

“But don’t be fooled: 419 is a business. It brings in hundreds of millions of dollars a year. It’s bigger than Nigeria; it’s as old as sin. As old as desire. These 419ers, they prey on people’s dreams.”

The Pocket Mommy – Rachel Eugster

Saying goodbye to Mom at the kindergarten door can be tough. Samuel hates it and wishes he could have a tiny, pocket-sized mommy to carry around with him all day. His mom slips a pretend mommy into his pocket, and when she come...


Raindrops on My Life’s Umbrella – Mehmet Sahinoglu

Don't let the "raindrops" mislead you, this is a sunny, colourful book as symbolized by its bright yellow cover. A personal story with photographs, anecdotes and history lessons, this book is entertaining and engaging. In it, y...

Ferdydurke – Witold Gombrowicz

A novel about the debilitating influence of convention could hardly be a conventional novel. It is idiosyncratic to the point of an obsession. It novel illustrates that behind the scrambled surface a profound artistic and philo...


The Norton Anthology of World Literature

A necessary reference book. As useful as a dictionary for any literature student or enthusiast.

Do Not Say We Have Nothing – Madeleine Thien

Canadian author Madeleine Thien's third novel is shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and it is currently at the top of best seller charts.