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The Travelling Vet: from pets to pandas, my life in animals

Author: Jonathan Cranston

Language: English

Summary: Jonathan Cranston is no ordinary vet. In addition to his day job in the Gloucestershire countryside treating cows, dogs, pigs and cats, he’s also worked with an astonishing range of species around the world, including crocodiles, rhinos and pandas.

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The Travelling Cat Chronicles

Author: Hiro Arikawa

Language: English

Summary: Nana the cat is on a road trip. He is not sure where he’s going or why, but it means that he gets to sit in the front seat of a silver van with his beloved owner, Satoru. Side by side, they cruise around Japan through the changing seasons, visiting Satoru’s old friends. He meets Yoshimine, the brusque and unsentimental farmer for whom cats are just ratters; Sugi and Chikako, the warm-hearted couple who run a pet-friendly B&B; and Kosuke, the mournful husband whose cat-loving wife has just left him. There’s even a very special dog who forces Nana to reassess his disdain for the canine species.

But what is the purpose of this road trip? And why is everyone so interested in Nana? Nana does not know and Satoru won’t say. But when Nana finally works it out, his small heart will break…

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Red Dog

Author: Louis de Bernières

Language: English

Summary: Red Dog is a West Australian, a lovable friendly red kelpie who found widespread fame as a result of his habit of travelling all over Western Australia, hitching rides over thousands of miles, settling in places for months at a time and adopting new families before heading off again to the next destination and another family – sometimes returning to say hello years later.

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Go, Went, Gone

Author: Jenny Erpenbeck Language: English Summary: Now in paperback, the unforgettable German bestseller about the European refugee crisis. One of the great contemporary European writers takes on Europe’s biggest issue. Richard has spent his life as a university professor, immersed in the world of books and ideas, but now he is retired, his books remain in their packing boxes and he steps into the streets … Continue reading Go, Went, Gone


The Penguin Book of migration literature: departures, arrivals, generations, returns

Author: Dohra Ahmad

Language: English

Summary: Every year, three to four million people move to a new country. From war refugees to corporate expats, migrants constantly reshape their places of origin and arrival. This selection of works collected together for the first time brings together the most compelling literary depictions of migration.

Organized in four parts (Departures, Arrivals, Generations, and Returns), The Penguin Book of Migration Literature conveys the intricacy of worldwide migration patterns, the diversity of immigrant experiences, and the commonalities among many of those diverse experiences. Ranging widely across the eighteenth through twenty-first centuries, across every continent of the earth, and across multiple literary genres, the anthology gives readers an understanding of our rapidly changing world, through the eyes of those at the centre of that change. With thirty carefully selected poems, short stories, and excerpts spanning three hundred years and twenty-five countries, the collection brings together luminaries, emerging writers, and others who have earned a wide following in their home countries but have been less recognized in the Anglophone world. Editor of the volume Dohra Ahmad provides a contextual introduction, notes, and suggestions for further exploration, while Haitian American novelist Edwidge Danticat provides a foreword.

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La grande stagione

Author: Paolo Ruggiero

Language: Italian

Summary: «Non è ancora estate, ma dalla qualità della luce si capisce che è proprio in questo punto del pianeta e dell’Egeo, in questa parte dell’arcipelago che l’ultimo velo è sfilato. Lo spettro luminoso si irradia ancora più nitido, aurorale, la luce riesce a farsi strada anche nello spessore degli oggetti, rivelandone una trasparenza, un’interiorità che non avevo ancora visto». La laurea a quasi trent’anni sigla la fine della stagione universitaria di Livio, ma Bologna sembra volerlo trattenere, generosa più che mai di incontri e di avventure notturne. Al primo contratto di lavoro segue un trasferimento, un periodo febbrile a Parigi e, dopo una brusca interruzione, la partenza verso un’isola defilata delle Cicladi. L’erotismo vissuto con amiche o compagne di una notte detta il tempo della vicenda, alternandosi ai ricordi e alla ricerca della causa dell’incidente di volo nel quale Livio da bambino ha perso il padre pilota. Insieme alle ragazze, protagonisti del romanzo sono i luoghi, raccontati attraverso una scrittura lucida e prospettive limpide, quasi fotografiche: Bologna, l’Adriatico, Parigi e “K”, la minuscola isola nell’Egeo dove Livio è di nuovo pervaso da un’esaltante fiducia nel futuro, in una nuova grande stagione.

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