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World Book Day: Reading Recommendations From Around The World

Written by jen, 4th March 2010

Today is World Book Day and to celebrate, we have some international reading recommendations (and a few comments), brought to you by Eleanor Stanton, GIR Project Worker and Grace Farrington, Project Researcher.


Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie (India) - Had to read and talk about the first page in an interview, which caught me and made me want to read the whole novel.

The Book of Illusions by Paul Auster (US, various) - Read this when I was having a bad day, helped me to get through the day and the night.

Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky (Russia)

The Diary of Anne Frank (Amsterdam)

Zlata's Diary by Zlata Filipovic (Sarajevo, Bosnia) - One of my favourites of the books I read as a child.

The Color Purple by Alice Walker (Georgia, US)


Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Nigeria)

White Tiger by Aravind Adiga (India)

The Bookseller of Khabul by Asne Seierstad (Afghanistan)

The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri (India/America)

The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy (India)

One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (Siberia)

Holes by Louis Sachar (America)

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