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Books with the power to transport readers through space and time.

Escapist reading can be a difficult habit to shake. Once you’ve travelled with an 1800s vaudeville troupe, traipsed through Tanzania or experienced alternative worlds, you’ll be forever searching for that next book to keep the thrill of discovery alive.  Take note of the books below and give an armchair adventure-lover a reading experience they’ll thank you for this Christmas...

  • The Zanzibar Wife is a bewitching novel of clashing cultures and conflicting beliefs, of secrets and revelations, of mystery and magic, by the author of the international bestseller The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul.

  • A heartbreaking story about the pursuit of passion by the bestselling author of The Chocolate Tin.

  • Philip Pullman returns to the world of His Dark Materials with this magnificent first volume of The Book of Dust.

  • Kaz Cooke invites you to an audience with the amazing Ada. She's a show girl and a story teller with a trunk full of stories and secrets. A funny, tender novel about an extraordinary woman who made the very best of everything life threw at her.

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