Burqalicious by Becky Wicks

A quick rundown…The story of the expat lifestyle in Dubai if you're young and single – all the glitter and all the dust. Strengths: Lovely familiar writing style (just like one of your best mates is writing you an email) Weaknesses: More about the social life than any in-depth cultural analysis (but that's probably not... Continue Reading →

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Hello Dubai by Joe Bennett

In a nutshell… A guy goes to Dubai because he's never been there. Strengths: You might learn something about Dubai and surrounds. Weaknesses: You may miss it because it's between a load of other words. Why I read it: Very cheap at the bookstore. Pages: 272 Published: 2010 Publisher: Simon & Schuster Rating: 5.5 out... Continue Reading →

A Geek in Japan by Hector Garcia

In a nutshell… Japan – its history, people, traditions, culture and how to find your way around. Strengths: A lot more detailed than on first glance. Weaknesses: Some typos and the excessive use of the word 'moreover' Why I read it: I love Japan Pages: 211 Published: 2011 Publisher: Tuttle Publishing Setting: Rating: 9 out... Continue Reading →

Villain by Shuichi Yoshida

In a nutshell… The discovery of who murdered a young woman in Japan. Strengths: Characters, how the characters interact Weaknesses: Some may find it difficult to keep up with the names Why I read it: Bought with gift voucher Pages: 304 Published: 2010  Publisher: Harvill Secker Setting: Japan Rating: 9 out of 10 If you liked... Continue Reading →

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