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South East Asia – One for the Weekend

£15.00

Heading off for a long weekend? Need a dinner party gift with a more personal touch? Or a thoughtful birthday present for someone that has a connection with a particular destination? Our One for the Weekend option is just the ticket. All our books are delivered in a rather lovely navy cotton gift bag with one of our bookmarks. So no need to gift wrap if it’s a present, and great for offering your book a little protection if you’re popping it in a suitcase, carry-on or beach bag.

Cambodia Book 1

Eleven-year-old Arn is walking through the countryside in Cambodia. His whole town is walking with him. They’re walking into one of the most tragic and brutal moments of history: the Killing Fields. Music will save him. Hope, luck and kindness will save him. This is his story. Based on the true story of Arn Chorn-Pond, this is a raw and powerful novel about a child of war who becomes a man of peace.

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Cambodia/Vietnam
Between 1970 and 1975, Jon Swain, the English journalist portrayed in David Puttnam's film, The Killing Fields, lived in the lands of the Mekong river. This is his account of those years, and the way in which the tumultuous events affected his perceptions of life and death as Europe never could. He also describes the beauty of the Mekong landscape - the villages along its banks, surrounded by mangoes, bananas and coconuts, and the exquisite women, the odours of opium, and the region's other face - that of violence and corruption.
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Indonesia Book 1
Bali. Contemporary fiction/romance. Adventure guide Jamie is on assignment in Bali, anticipating weeks of white beaches and lush jungles. But her stay there ends very differently and a year on she can still feel the heat and noise of the nightclub bombings. Looking for a sense of closure, she returns to the island, checking into a local guest house, its owner dealing with his own loss and painful past. And she hasn't been able to forget the man who saved her and the spark between them that helped her immediate recovery. Is he still living there and might she find him?

4 in stock

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Indonesia Book 2
Bali (California, Hawaii & Western Australia). Two sisters, one life-changing journey...  … Katie's carefully structured world is shattered by the news that her headstrong younger sister, Mia, has been found dead in Bali - and the police claim it was suicide. With only the entries of Mia's travel journal as her guide, Katie retraces the last few months of her sister's life, and - page by page, country by country - begins to uncover the mystery surrounding her death. What she discovers changes everything. But will her search for the truth push their sisterly bond - and Katie - to breaking point?

1 in stock

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Indonesia Book 3
Indonesia travelogue.  A journalist, who first worked in Indonesia as a foreign correspondent, set out in 2011, travelling over 13,000 miles, to rediscover its enduring attraction, and to find the links which bind together this disparate nation. She travels to the less visited Indonesian islands, highlighting and celebrating the diversity of language, cultural beliefs and customs, and religion.

1 in stock

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Indonesia Book 4
Published in 2011, an inside story of Bali’s most notorious jail, Kerobokan prison, nicknamed Hotel K. Home to the infamous and the tragic - terrorists, drug traffickers, tourists, a Balinese King, killers - unlucky travellers housed next to violent criminals. An eye-opening and sobering account.

2 in stock

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Indonesia Book 5
Crime fiction. On secondment to Bali to help with anti-terrorism measures, despite his lack of experience in that field, Inspector Singh wonders what he is doing there. But when a body is found in the wreckage, killed before the bomb went off, it would seem he is involved in the much more familiar territory of a murder investigation. But these things are never as simple as they first seem...

1 in stock

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Singapore Book 1
Singapore, 1936. Historical crime fiction. When the Irish nanny looking after the Acting Governor's daughter dies suddenly, in mysterious circumstances, mission school-educated local girl Su Lin - an aspiring journalist trying to escape an arranged marriage - is invited to take her place.  But then another murder at the residence occurs and it seems very likely that a killer is stalking the corridors of Government House. It now takes all Su Lin's traditional skills and intelligence to help British-born Chief Inspector Thomas LeFroy solve the murders - and escape with her own life.

1 in stock

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Singapore Book 2
Singapore. RomCom. Andrea is doing her best to fulfil all her mother’s plans for her life: she’s on track to become partner at a top law firm in Singapore, she has a beautiful apartment in the right postcode and a perfect boyfriend who is practically made of husband material. Except that those plans are unravelling fast: there’s an unfairly attractive new lawyer out to steal her promotion, she has credit-card debt up to her eyeballs, her perfect boyfriend is now her perfect ex-boyfriend and the last single cousin in her family just got engaged, leaving her exposed to romantic meddling on all sides…
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Singapore Book 3
New York/Singapore. RomCom. Lucie has tried love – it didn’t work. Deciding that finding Mr Right is a myth, and that finding Mr Right-enough-to-have-children-with is the next best option, she adopts a rather more pragmatic approach and signs up for a platonic co-parenting platform where she meets Collin, seemingly the perfect fit. Things get complicated though, when they move back home to Singapore where her very traditional family and remorseful ex-fiancé await. With pressure mounting on all sides and her perfect plan unravelling, Lucie has to decide how much she’s willing to sacrifice for a chance at happiness – and maybe, just maybe, love.
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Singapore Book 4
When Rachel Chu agrees to spend the summer in Singapore with her boyfriend, Nicholas Young, she envisions a humble family home and quality time with the man she hopes to marry. But Nick has failed to give his girlfriend a few key details. One, that his childhood home looks like a palace; two, that he grew up riding in more private planes than cars; and three, that he just happens to be the country's most eligible bachelor. On Nick's arm, Rachel may as well have a target on her back the second she steps off the plane, and soon, her relaxed vacation turns into an obstacle course of old money, new money, nosy relatives, and scheming social climbers.

1 in stock

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Thailand Book 1

No body. No crime? Twenty years ago, Mari vanished while backpacking through Thailand with her boyfriend, Luke. He was accused of murder, but has always insisted he's innocent. Besides, her body was never found. Now, he's finally ready to talk. And filmmaker Cassidy Chambers wants to be the one to uncover what really happened, back then, in the dark of the jungle. But as she delves deeper into the past, Cassidy begins to fear what lies ahead, and the secrets buried along the way.

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Thailand Book 2 (coming July 2024)
Escape to Paradise. Scuba diving instructor Cass leads her students out for their first dive off the beautiful coast of Koh Sang, Thailand's world-famous party island. It's supposed to be a life-changing experience, but things quickly spiral out of control... Leave your secrets behind. By the time she gets back to the shore, one of her students is dead, another badly injured, and she knows that her idyllic life is about to be smashed to pieces on the rocks. But don't get lost forever... Because there's a killer in paradise - and Cass has a feeling she might be next.
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Thailand Book 3
Phuket. Just how badly do you want to find paradise? When Tom Finn is almost jailed for confronting two burglars in his own home, this taxi driver takes his young family to live on the tropical island of Phuket, Thailand. Phuket is all the Finn family dreamed of – a tropical paradise where the children swim with elephants, the gibbons sing love songs in the jungle, the Andaman Sea is like turquoise glass and this young family is free to grow. But both man-made disaster and the unleashed forces of nature shatter this tropical idyll for Tom Finn's family. A warm and moving story of a family who go in search of Paradise – and end up discovering themselves.
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Vietnam Book 1
Historical fiction. Ha Noi, 1972. One family, two generations of women and a war that will change their lives forever. Hương and her grandmother cling to one another in their improvised shelter as American bombs fall around them. For Trần Diệu Lan, forced to flee the family farm with her six children decades earlier as the Communist government rose to power in the North, this experience is horribly familiar. Seen through the eyes of these two unforgettable women, this is a story of their defiance and determination, hope and unexpected joy.  

2 in stock

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Vietnam Book 2
Into the intrigue and violence of 1950s Indo-China comes CIA agent Alden Pyle, a young idealistic American sent to promote democracy through a mysterious 'Third Force'. As his naive optimism starts to cause bloodshed, his friend Fowler, a cynical foreign correspondent, finds it hard to stand aside and watch. As he intervenes he wonders why: for the greater good, or something altogether more complicated?

1 in stock

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Vietnam Book 3
In 1969, two sisters from rural Việt Nam leave their parents’ home and travel to the bustling city of Sài Gòn. Soon their lives are swept up in the unstoppable flames of a war that is blazing through their country. They begin working as ‘bar girls’ in one of the drinking dens frequented by American GIs, forced to accept that survival now might mean compromising the values they once treasured. Decades later, two men wander through the streets and marketplaces of a very different Sài Gòn: modern, forward-looking, healing. Phong – the son of a Black American soldier and a Vietnamese woman – embarks on a search to find his parents and a way out of Việt Nam, while Dan, a war veteran, hopes that retracing the steps of his youth will ease the PTSD that has plagued him for decades. When the lives of these unforgettable characters converge, each is forced to reckon with the explosive events of history that still ripple through their lives. Now they must work out what it takes to move forward.
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Vietnam Book 4
Historical fiction. A tale of a woman torn between two worlds... 1952, French Indochina. Since her mother's death, eighteen-year-old half-French, half-Vietnamese Nicole has been living in the shadow of her beautiful older sister, Sylvie. When Sylvie is handed control of the family silk business, Nicole is given an abandoned silk shop in the Vietnamese quarter of Hanoi. But the area is teeming with militant rebels who want to end French rule, by any means possible. For the first time, Nicole is awakened to the corruption of colonial rule - and her own family's involvement shocks her to the core… Tran, a notorious Vietnamese insurgent, seems to offer the perfect escape from her troubles, while Mark, a charming American trader, is the man she's always dreamed of. But who can she trust in this world where no one is what they seem?
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Vietnam Book 5
Available in paperback from Feb 2025. Please get in touch if you would like the hardback.'Women can be heroes, too'. When twenty-year-old nursing student, Frances "Frankie" McGrath, hears these unexpected words, it is a revelation. Raised on California's idyllic Coronado Island and sheltered by her conservative parents, she has always prided herself on doing the right thing, being a good girl. But in 1965 the world is changing, and she suddenly imagines a different path for her life. When her brother ships out to serve in Vietnam, she impulsively joins the Army Nurses Corps and follows his path. As green and inexperienced as the young men sent to Vietnam to fight, Frankie is overwhelmed by the chaos and destruction of war, as well as the unexpected trauma of coming home to a changed America. Frankie will also discover the true value of female friendship and the heartbreak that love can cause.

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Vietnam Book 6
Thriller/Easy holiday read. It was meant to be the perfect honeymoon. A five-star resort in paradise. White sands, a private villa and world-class cuisine. A chance for newlyweds Asha and Ollie Graveney to recover from a recent tragedy, and enjoy the holiday of their dreams. Except someone has other plans...And paradise has turned into a nightmare.
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