A01 : Flora and Grace

It’s 1944 and Flora Knox is enjoying a beautiful spring morning in the Swiss mountains, waiting on a railway station platform for a train. Having been educated in Switzerland, Flora has been unable to return home to the UK since the outbreak of war, much to her delight. She is far happier there than she had been with her elderly aunt. As Flora watches, a cattle train draws closer to the station, pulling a fleet of slatted trucks behind. But the trucks don’t contain animals. From within come the sounds of humans, groaning, pleading, on a desperate journey across the Swiss countryside. Horrified, Flora runs to the train as it slowly clatters through the station, and as she does so, a filthy bundle of rags is pushed out into her arms. Through the slats of the train, she hears a desperate plea: ‘Take him. His name is Simon.’ As the train disappears, Flora is left holding a tiny baby boy. Everything looks just the same as it did moments before – the sun, the sky, the station – but nothing will ever be the same again.

  • Author: Maureen Lee
  • Publisher: Orion Books
  • Genre: Romance
  • Page Number: 312
  • Publication date: 2013

A02 : Nil

On the mysterious island of Nil, the rules are set. You have exactly 365 days to escape―or you die. Seventeen-year-old Charley doesn’t know the rules. She doesn’t even know where she is. The last thing she remembers is blacking out, and when she wakes up, she’s naked in an empty rock field. Lost and alone, Charley finds no sign of other people until she meets Thad, the gorgeous leader of a clan of teenage refugees. Soon Charley learns that leaving the island is harder than she thought . . . and so is falling in love. With Thad’s time running out, Charley realizes that she has to find a way to beat the clock, and quickly, in this thrilling debut novel by Lynne Matson.

  • Author: Lynne Matson
  • Publisher: Square Fish
  • Genre: Mystery
  • Page Number: 376
  • Publication date: 2014

A03 : Higglety pigglety pop!

A daring imagination has woven a simple rhyme into a brilliantly original tale [about Jennie, the Sealyham terrier, who seeks Experience and becomes the star of the World Mother Goose Theatre]

  • Author: Maurice Sendak
  • Publisher: Red Fox
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Page number: 69
  • Publication date: 2015

A04 : The chronicles of Harris Burdick

An inspired collection of short stories by an all-star cast of best-selling storytellers based on the thought-provoking illustrations in Chris Van Allsburg’s The Mysteries of Harris Burdick. For more than twenty-five years, the illustrations in the extraordinary Mysteries of Harris Burdick by Chris Van Allsburg have intrigued and entertained readers of all ages. Thousands of children have been inspired to weave their own stories to go with these enigmatic pictures. Now we’ve asked some of our very best storytellers to spin the tales. Enter The Chronicles of Harris Burdick to gather this incredible compendium of stories: mysterious, funny, creepy, poignant, these are tales you won’t soon forget. This inspired collection of short stories features many remarkable, best-selling authors in the worlds of both adult and children’s literature: Sherman Alexie, M.T. Anderson, Kate DiCamillo, Cory Doctorow, Jules Feiffer, Stephen King, Tabitha King, Lois Lowry, Gregory Maguire, Walter Dean Myers, Linda Sue Park, Louis Sachar, Jon Scieszka, Lemony Snicket, and Chris Van Allsburg himself. Van Allsburg’s Harris Burdick illustrations have evoked such wonderment and imagination since Harris Burdick’s original publication in 1984; many have speculated or have woven their own stories to go with his images. More than ever, the illustrations send off their eerie call for text and continue to compel and pick at the reader’s brain for a backstory—a threaded tale behind the image. In this book, we’ve collected some of the best storytellers to spin them.

  • Author: Chris Van Allsburg
  • Publisher: Andersen Press London
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Page Number: 223
  • Publication date: 2011

A05 : Face to face with fear

Face to Face with Fear offers a roadmap with specific tools and guidance for how to transform fear into love. Sharing openly from his own life, his experiences working as a psychiatrist and seminar leader and his many years as a disciple of an enlightened spiritual master, Krishnananda (Thomas O. Trobe M.D.) takes us on a journey of self-discovery, self-love and healing. The approach and the message is simple. Through acceptance, understanding and compassion, we can uncover and heal the deepest wounds of our soul. This book is designed for anyone who longs to heal and to experience love. Do we ever ask ourselves what causes us so much anxiety? Why do we suffer when we don t get the love we want and need? What is the source of our fear and insecurities and how can we heal them? These are the questions that the author addresses in this book.

  • Author: Krishnananda
  • Publisher: Koregaon
  • Genre: Realistic
  • Page number: 263
  • Publication date: 1998

A06 : A short history of the Nearly Everything

A Short History of Nearly Everything is a popular science book that explains some areas of science, using easily accessible language that appeals more so to the general public than many other books dedicated to the subject. It was one of the bestselling popular science books of 2005 in the United Kingdom, selling over 300,000 copies.[1] A Short History deviates from Bryson’s popular travel book genre, instead describing general sciences such as chemistry, paleontology, astronomy, and particle physics. In it, he explores time from the Big Bang to the discovery of quantum mechanics, via evolution and geology.

  • Author: Bill Bryson
  • Publisher: Black Swan
  • Genre: Realistic
  • Page number: 574
  • Publication date: 2003

A07: Fall of Giants

Fall of Giants is Ken Follett’s magnificent new historical epic. The first novel in The Century Trilogy, it follows the fates of five interrelated families-American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh-as they move through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for women’s suffrage. Thirteen-year-old Billy Williams enters a man’s world in the Welsh mining pits…. Gus Dewar, an American law student rejected in love, finds a surprising new career in Woodrow Wilson’s White House…. Two orphaned Russian brothers, Grigori and Lev Peshkov, embark on radically different paths half a world apart when their plan to emigrate to America falls afoul of war, conscription, and revolution…. Billy’s sister, Ethel, a housekeeper for the aristocratic Fitzherberts, takes a fateful step above her station, while Lady Maud Fitzherbert herself crosses deep into forbidden territory when she falls in love with Walter von Ulrich, a spy at the German embassy in London…. These characters and many others find their lives inextricably entangled as, in a saga of unfolding drama and intriguing complexity, Fall of Giants moves seamlessly from Washington to St. Petersburg, from the dirt and danger of a coal mine to the glittering chandeliers of a palace, from the corridors of power to the bedrooms of the mighty. As always with Ken Follett, the historical background is brilliantly researched and rendered, the action fast-moving, the characters rich in nuance and emotion. It is destined to be a new classic. In future volumes of The Century Trilogy, subsequent generations of the same families will travel through the great events of the rest of the 20th century, changing themselves-and the century itself. With passion and the hand of a master, Follett brings us into a world we thought we knew, but now will never seem the same again

  • Author: Ken Follett
  • Publisher: Pann Books
  • Genre: Historical novel
  • Page number: 851
  • Publication date: 2011

A08 : The secret Mandarin

A disgraced woman. A faraway land. A forbidden love… An unforgettable tale set in Victorian London and 1840s China from a shining, young historical talent. Desperate to shield her from scandal, Mary’s brother-in-law, the ambitious botanist Robert Fortune, forces her to accompany him on a mission to China to steal tea plants for the East India Company. But Robert conceals his secret motives – to spy for the British forces, newly victorious in the recent Opium War. His task is both difficult and dangerous – the British are still regarded as enemies by the Chinese and exporting tea bushes carries the death sentence. In these harsh conditions Mary grieves for her London life and the baby she has been forced to leave behind, while her fury at Robert intensifies. As their quest becomes increasingly treacherous, Robert and Mary disguise themselves as a mandarin and man-servant. Thousands of miles from everything familiar, Mary revels in her new freedom and the Chinese way of life – and when danger strikes, finds unexpected reserves of courage.The Secret Mandarin is an unforgettable story of love, fortitude and recklessness – of a strong woman determined to make it in a man’s world and a man who will stop at nothing to fulfil his desires. (less)

  • Author: Sara Sheridan
  • Publisher: Avon
  • Genre: Historical novel
  • Page Number: 375
  • Publication date: 2009

A09 : Death in a strange country

Early one morning Guido Brunetti, Commissario of the Venice Police, confronts a grisly sight when the body of a young man is fished out of a fetid Venetian canal. All the clues point to a violent mugging, but for Brunetti, robbery seems altogether too convenient a motive. Then something very incriminating is discovered in the dead man’s flat – something which points to the existence of a high-level cabal – and Brunetti becomes convinced that somebody, somewhere, is taking great pains to provide a ready-made solution to the crime …

  • Author: Donna Leon
  • Publisher: Arrow Books
  • Genre: Mystery
  • Page No.: 268
  • Publication date: 1993

A10 : Friends in High Places

Donna Leon?s sophisticated Commissario Brunetti series has won her legions of fans over the years. In Friends in High Places, Brunetti is visited by a young bureaucrat investigating the lack of official approval for the building of Brunetti?s apartment years before. What began as a red tape headache ends in murder when the bureaucrat is found dead after a mysterious fall from a scaffold. Brunetti starts an investigation that will take him into unfamiliar and dangerous areas of Venetian life, and will reveal, once again, what a difference it makes to have friends in high places.

  • Author: Donna Leon
  • Publisher: Arrow Books
  • Genre: Mystery
  • Page No.: 337
  • Publication date: 2001

A11 : Green Eggs and ham

When Sam-I-am persists in pestering a grumpy grouch to eat a plate of green eggs and ham, perseverance wins the day, teaching us all that we cannot know what we like until we have tried it! With his unique combination of hilarious stories, zany pictures and riotous rhymes, Dr. Seuss has been delighting young children and helping them learn to read for over fifty years. Creator of the wonderfully anarchic Cat in the Hat, and ranked among the UK’s top ten favourite children’s authors, Seuss is firmly established as a global best-seller, with nearly half a billion books sold worldwide. As the first step in a major rebrand programme, HarperCollins is relaunching 17 of Dr. Seuss’s best-selling books, including such perennial favourites as ‘The Cat in the Hat’, ‘Green Eggs and Ham’ and ‘Fox in Socks’. In response to consumer demand, the bright new cover designs incorporate much-needed guidance on reading levels, with the standard paperbacks divided into three reading strands – Blue Back Books for parents to share with young children, Green Back Books for budding readers to tackle on their own, and Yellow Back Books for older, more fluent readers to enjoy. ‘Green Eggs and Ham’ belongs to the Green Back Book range.

  • Author: Dr. Seuss
  • Editor: Random House
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Page Number: 62
  • Publication date: 1998

A12 : The House in Paris

One of Elizabeth Bowen’s most artful and psychologically acute novels, The House in Paris is a timeless masterpiece of nuance and atmosphere, and represents the very best of Bowen’s celebrated oeuvre. When eleven-year-old Henrietta arrives at the Fishers’ well-appointed house in Paris, she is prepared to spend her day between trains looked after by an old friend of her grandmother’s. Henrietta longs to see a few sights in the foreign city; little does she know what fascinating secrets the Fisher house itself contains. For Henrietta finds that her visit coincides with that of Leopold, an intense child who has come to Paris to be introduced to the mother he has never known. In the course of a single day, the relations between Leopold, Henrietta’s agitated hostess Naomi Fisher, Leopold’ s mysterious mother, his dead father, and the dying matriarch in bed upstairs, come to light slowly and tantalizingly. And when Henrietta leaves the house that evening, it is in possession of the kind of grave knowledge usually reserved only for adults.

  • Author: Elizabeth Bowen
  • Publisher: Vintage
  • Genre: Romance
  • Page No.: 239
  • Publication date: 1998

A13 : Fox in socks

Dr. Seuss’s Fox in Socks has been troubling tongues—and garnering giggles—since 1965. Written specifically to be read aloud, it features a tricky fox in socks and the progressively more difficult tongue-twisting games he plays on his exasperated friend Mr. Knox. Now available for the first time in an abridged, sturdy, board book edition, this beloved classic will have babies of all ages laughing with—and at—their parents as they struggle, like Knox, to blab such blibber blubber as muddle puddle tweetle poodle beetle noodle bottle paddle battle!

  • Author: Dr. Seuss
  • Publisher: Dr.Seuss entrepises, l.p.
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Page No.: 61
  • Publication date: 1993

A14 :The memoirs of Cleopatra

Bestselling novelist Margaret George brings to life the glittering kingdom of Cleopatra, Queen of the Nile, in this luch, sweeping, and richly detailed saga. Told in Cleopatra’s own voice, this is a mesmerizing tale of ambition, passion, and betrayl, which begins when the twenty-year-old queen seeks out the most powerful man in the world, Julius Caesar, and does not end until, having survived the assassination of Caesar and the defeat of the second man she loves, Marc Antony, she plots her own death rather than be paraded in triumph through the streets of Rome. Most of all, in its richness and authenticity, it is an irresistible story that reveals why Margaret George’s work has been widely acclaimed as “the best kind of historical novel, one the reader can’t wait to get lost in.” (San Francisco Chronicle).

  • Author: Margaret George
  • Publisher: Pann Books
  • Genre: Historical novel
  • Page No.: 1131
  • Publication date: 1998

A15 : Playing for the ashes

“The story begins with my father, actually, and the fact that I’m the one who’s answerable for his death. It was not my first crime, as you will see, but it is the one my mother couldn’t forgive.” In her astonishing New York Times bestseller, acclaimed author Elizabeth George reveals the even darker truth behind this startling confession. Playing for the Ashes is a rich tale of passion, murder and love in which Inspector Thomas Lynley and Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers once again find themselves embroiled in a case where nothing?and no one?is really what it seems. Intense, suspenseful and brilliantly written, Playing for the Ashes will make readers “search out the sleuthing pair’s first six adventures…a treasure,” as Cosmopolitan predicted in their review.

  • Author: Elizabeth George
  • Publisher: Vantam Books
  • Genre: Mistery
  • Page No.: 675
  • Publication date: 1995

A15 : Playing for the ashes

“The story begins with my father, actually, and the fact that I’m the one who’s answerable for his death. It was not my first crime, as you will see, but it is the one my mother couldn’t forgive.” In her astonishing New York Times bestseller, acclaimed author Elizabeth George reveals the even darker truth behind this startling confession. Playing for the Ashes is a rich tale of passion, murder and love in which Inspector Thomas Lynley and Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers once again find themselves embroiled in a case where nothing?and no one?is really what it seems. Intense, suspenseful and brilliantly written, Playing for the Ashes will make readers “search out the sleuthing pair’s first six adventures…a treasure,” as Cosmopolitan predicted in their review.

  • Author: Elizabeth George
  • Publisher: Vantam Books
  • Genre: Mistery
  • Page No.: 675
  • Publication date: 1995

A16: How to Talk so Kids Will Listen and Listen so Kids Will Talk

The number one practical guide to making your family life less stressful and more rewarding. In this international bestseller, experts Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish provide effective step by step techniques to help you improve and enrich your relationships with your children.

  • Author: Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish
  • Publisher: Avon Books
  • Genre: Self help
  • Page No.: 235
  • Publication date:1982

A17: Gods, ghosts, & ancestors: The Folk Religion of a Taiwanese Village Auteur

Mr. Jordan argues that there is an ideal image of the family, to which village people try to conform, an image summed up by the twin notions of structural completeness and smooth functioning. When things do not go well, ghosts are blamed, and these ghosts are often identified as shades of family members who failed to conform to the ideals of structural completeness. We are thus offered a theory relating belief in ghosts, ways of coping with family disaster, and Chinese ideals of family structure. A special chapter concerns divination, which permits “communication” with the supernatural world and facilitate religious decisions. The book as a whole presents both analysis of the relations existing among a variety of rural Chinese supernaturals and a model of Chinese religious ways of coping with the world. It also shows why this model is flexible and how Chinese folk religion adapts to social change. Mr. Jordan is a member of the Department of Anthropology, University of California, San Diego.

  • Author: David K. Jordan
  • Publisher:Caves Books
  • Genre: Realistic
  • Page No.: 177
  • Publication date:1985

A18: The summer of the dancing horse

The summer of 1923, when Bessie is eight and her brother and friend twelve, is a special one of sacrifices, fulfilled desires, and heartbreak too.

  • Author: Eth Clifford
  • Publisher: Scholastic inc.
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Page No. : 113
  • Publication date: 1992

A19: An Anthology of Chinese Short Short Stories

Contents: As one of the most unique omnibuses in the world, An Anthology of Chinese Short Short Stories, a stunning compilation of 121 stories written by the best Chinese writers of China’s mainland, Hong Kong and Taiwan and translated by the expert Harry J. Huang, has the ability to weave an intense, enthralling spell of words on readers. The worthwhile collection features the short short story, a form of writing with many benefits, taking little time to read but leaving behind much material to digest and ponder. They amuse, thrill, shock and rock readers with artistry as well as rich content. Besides promoting deep thought and revealing fascinating aspects of human nature, each story is also a window into the ancient and rich Chinese culture. From the millennium-old masterpieces to the contemporary ones, each narrative possesses sheer beauty and poetry.

  • Author: Harry J. huang
  • Publisher: Panda Books
  • Genre: Realistic fiction
  • Page No. : 438
  • Publication date: 2005

A20: A tale of two cities

A Tale of Two Cities (1859) is a historical novel by Charles Dickens, set in London and Paris before and during the French Revolution. The novel tells the story of the French Doctor Manette, his 18-year-long imprisonment in the Bastille in Paris and his release to life in London with his daughter Lucie, whom he had never met; Lucie’s marriage and the collision between her beloved husband and the people who caused her father’s imprisonment; and Monsieur and Madame Defarge, sellers of wine in a poor suburb of Paris. The story is set against the conditions that led up to the French Revolution and the Reign of Terror.

  • Author: Charles Dickens
  • Publisher: The penguin english library
  • Genre: Historical novel
  • Page No. : 404
  • Publication date: 1973

A21:   The Camino: A Journey of the Spirit

This is the story of a journey. It is the eagerly anticipated and altogether startling culmination of Shirley MacLaine’s extraordinary — and ultimately rewarding — road through life. The riveting odyssey began with a pair of anonymous handwritten letters imploring Shirley to make a difficult pilgrimage along the Santiago de Compostela Camino in Spain. Throughout history, countless illustrious pilgrims from all over Europe have taken up the trail. It is an ancient — and allegedly enchanted — pilgrimage. People from St. Francis of Assisi and Charlemagne to Ferdinand and Isabella to Dante and Chaucer have taken the journey, which comprises a nearly 500-mile trek across highways, mountains and valleys, cities and towns, and fields. Now it would be Shirley’s turn. For Shirley, the Camino was both an intense spiritual and physical challenge. A woman in her sixth decade completing such a grueling trip on foot in thirty days at twenty miles per day was nothing short of remarkable. But even more astounding was the route she took spiritually: back thousands of years, through past lives to the very origin of the universe. Immensely gifted with intelligence, curiosity, warmth, and a profound openness to people and places outside her own experience, Shirley MacLaine is truly an American treasure. And once again, she brings her inimitable qualities of mind and heart to her writing. Balancing and negotiating the revelations inspired by the mysterious energy of the Camino, she endured her exhausting journey to Compostela until it gradually gave way to a far more universal voyage: that of the soul. Through a range of astonishing and liberating visions and revelations, Shirley saw into the meaning of the cosmos, including the secrets of the ancient civilizations of Atlantis and Lemuria, insights into human genesis, the essence of gender and sexuality, and the true path to higher love. With rich insight, humility, and her trademark grace, Shirley MacLaine gently leads us on a sacred adventure toward an inexpressibly transcendent climax. The Camino promises readers the journey of a thousand lifetimes.

  • Author: Shirley MacLaine
  • Publisher: Pocket Books
  • Genre: Self-help
  • Page No. : 307
  • Publication date: 2000

A22: Return to earth

Colonel Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin, a member of the Apollo 11 crew, tells about his adventures on the moon, and about the aftermath when, as an international celebrity, he has to face the consequences of sudden fame, its rewards and its penalties.

  • Author: John Christopher
  • Publisher: Oxford university press
  • Genre: Adventure
  • Page No. : 44
  • Publication date: 2007

A23: This Rough Magic

When Lucy comes to Corfu to visit her sister, she is elated to discover that the castello above their villa is being rented to Sir Julian Gale, one of the brightest lights in England’s theatrical world. As a minor player in the London theatre herself, Lucy naturally wishes to meet him—that is, until her sister indicates, with uncharacteristic vagueness, that all is not well with Sir Julian and that his composer son discourages visitors, particularly strangers. Yet Lucy has already encountered Sir Julian’s son on the morning of her arrival, in a tempestuous run-in that involved the attempted shooting of a friendly dolphin. First published in 1964, this spirited novel will hold Mary Stewart fans breathless as it uncovers a series of mystifying and frightening events, tinging the otherwise sparkling setting of Corfu with dark hues of violence.

  • Author: Mary Stewart
  • Publisher: Oxford university press
  • Genre: Adventure
  • Page No. : 88
  • Publication date: 2008

A24: The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes and his last bow

With an Introduction by David Stuart Davies. Doctor Watson, Mr Sherlock Holmes. The most famous introduction in the history of crime fiction takes place in Arthur Conan Doyle s A Study in Scarlet, bringing together Sherlock Holmes, the master of science detection, and John H. Watson, the great detective s faithful chronicler. This novel not only establishes the magic of the Holmes myth but also provides the reader with a dramatic adventure yarn which ranges from the foggy, gas-lit streets of London to the burning plains of Utah. The Sign of the Four, the second Holmes novel, presents the detective with one of his greatest challenges. The theft of the Agra treasure in India forms a catalyst for treachery, deceit and murder. With these two classic novels, A Study in Scarlet and The Sign of the Four, you have the brilliant foundation of the Sherlock Holmes canon. Reading pleasure rarely comes any finer.

  • Author: Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Publisher: Wordsworth Classics
  • Genre: Detective novels
  • Page No. : 417
  • Publication date: 1993

A25:The Shadow of the Wind

Barcelona, 1945: A city slowly heals in the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War, and Daniel, an antiquarian book dealer’s son who mourns the loss of his mother, finds solace in a mysterious book entitled The Shadow of the Wind, by one Julián Carax. But when he sets out to find the author’s other works, he makes a shocking discovery: someone has been systematically destroying every copy of every book Carax has written. In fact, Daniel may have the last of Carax’s books in existence. Soon Daniel’s seemingly innocent quest opens a door into one of Barcelona’s darkest secrets–an epic story of murder, madness, and doomed love.

  • Author: Carlos Ruiz Zafón
  • Publisher: Phoneix Fiction
  • Genre: Mystery
  • Page No. : 497
  • Publication date: 2005

A26: Che Guevara, The motorcycle diaries

In January 1952, two young men from Buenos Aires set out to explore South America on an ancient Norton motorbike. The journey lasted six months and took them thousands of miles, all the way from Argentina to Venezuela. En route, there was disasters and discoveries, high drama, low comedy, fights, parties and a lot of serious drinking. They met an extraordinary range of people: native indians and copper miners, lepers, police, wanderers and tourists. They became stowaways, firemen and football coaches, and joined in a strike. They sometimes fell in love, and frequently fell off the motorbike. Both of them kept diaries. One of them was a tall and good-looking medical student called Ernest Guevara de la Serna. Using the standard Argentinean nickname, others would sometimes refer to the two companions as Big Che and Little Che. In Ernesto‘s case, the nickname stuck. Within a decade the whole world would know Che Guevara. This is the story of that remarkable journey, eight years before the Cuban Revolution, in Che‘s own words, and illustrated with contemporary photographs. For Che, it was a formative experience, and amidst the humour and pathos of the tale, there are examples of his idealism and his solidarity with the poor and the oppressed. But it is far from being the diary of a militant, and sometimes very far from being “political correct,” which may be the reason that the manuscript has only been made available now, a quarter century after Che‘s death in the Bolivian jungle. Instead, it is a record kept by an exuberant, intelligent and observant 23-year-old, describing what might have been the adventure of a lifetime—had his lifetime not turned into a much greater adventure.

  • Author: Che Guevara
  • Publisher: Fourth Estate
  • Genre: autobiography
  • Page No. : 155
  • Publication date: 1995

A27: Brighton Rock

In January 1952, two young men from Buenos Aires set out to explore South America on an ancient Norton motorbike. The journey lasted six months and took them thousands of miles, all the way from Argentina to Venezuela. En route, there was disasters and discoveries, high drama, low comedy, fights, parties and a lot of serious drinking. They met an extraordinary range of people: native indians and copper miners, lepers, police, wanderers and tourists. They became stowaways, firemen and football coaches, and joined in a strike. They sometimes fell in love, and frequently fell off the motorbike. Both of them kept diaries. One of them was a tall and good-looking medical student called Ernest Guevara de la Serna. Using the standard Argentinean nickname, others would sometimes refer to the two companions as Big Che and Little Che. In Ernesto‘s case, the nickname stuck. Within a decade the whole world would know Che Guevara. This is the story of that remarkable journey, eight years before the Cuban Revolution, in Che‘s own words, and illustrated with contemporary photographs. For Che, it was a formative experience, and amidst the humour and pathos of the tale, there are examples of his idealism and his solidarity with the poor and the oppressed. But it is far from being the diary of a militant, and sometimes very far from being “political correct,” which may be the reason that the manuscript has only been made available now, a quarter century after Che‘s death in the Bolivian jungle. Instead, it is a record kept by an exuberant, intelligent and observant 23-year-old, describing what might have been the adventure of a lifetime—had his lifetime not turned into a much greater adventure.

  • Author: Graham Greene
  • Publisher: Vintage books
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Page No. : 269
  • Publication date: 2004

A28: The girl who kicked the hornet’s nest

In the third volume of the Millennium series, Lisbeth Salander lies in critical condition in a Swedish hospital, a bullet in her head. But she’s fighting for her life in more ways than one: if and when she recovers, she’ll stand trial for three murders. With the help of Mikael Blomkvist, she’ll need to identify those in authority who have allowed the vulnerable, like herself, to suffer abuse and violence. And, on her own, she’ll seek revenge–against the man who tried to killer her and against the corrupt government institutions that nearly destroyed her life.

  • Author: Stieg Larsson
  • Publisher: Vintage crime
  • Genre: Mystery
  • Page No. : 820
  • Publication date: 2010

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