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Refugee and Immigrant Experience Reading Lists

Fiction of Displacement

Aboulela, Leila (2005) Minaret. A Novel, London: Black Cat.

Adiga, Aravind (2008) The White Tiger. A Novel, New York: Free Press.

Aslam, Nadeem (2008) The Wasted Vigil, London: Faber and Faber.

Bohjalian, Chris (2013) The Sandcastle Girls. A Novel, New York: Vintage.

Cherian, Anne (2009) A Good Indian Wife. A Novel, New York: Norton.

Davies, Martin (2009) The Unicorn Road, London: Hodder & Stoughton.

Dubus, Andre III (1999) House of Sand and Fog, New York: W. W. Norton.

Eggers, Dave (2008) What Is the What. The Autobiography of Valentino Achak Deng. A

Novel, London: Penguin Books.

Ejersbo, Jakob (2011) Exile. Book One of the Africa Trilogy, London: MacLehose Press.

Faulks, Sebastian (1999) Charlotte Gray, London: Vintage.

Faye, Gaël (2018) Small Country, London: Hogarth.

Ghosh, Amitav (2009) Sea of Poppies, London: John Murray.

Gilbert, Elizabeth (2007) Eat Pray Love. One Woman’s Search for Everything, London:


Guterson, David (1995) Snow Falling on Cedars, London: Bloomsbury.

Hofman, Corinne (2006) The White Masai, London: Arcadia Books.

Indriðason, Arnaldur (2008) Arctic Chill, London: Harvill Secker.

Kelman, Stephen (2011) Pigeon English, London: Bloomsbury.

Lambert, Shaena (2007) Radiance, London: Virago Press.

Lewycka, Marina (2006) A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian, London: Penguin Books.

Mankell, Henning (2009) The Dogs of Riga, London: Vintage.

McCarthy, Cormac (1995) All the Pretty Horses. Volume One. The Border Trilogy, London:


Nasrin, Mithun B. (2017) Chief’s Café. Amsterdam, UK Book Publishing.

Penney, Steff (2007) The Tenderness of Wolves, London: Bloomsbury.

Rawlence, Ben (2016) City of Thorns. Nine Lives in the World’s Largest Refugee Camp,

London: Portobello Books.

Rich, Katherine Russel (2009) Dreaming in Hindi. Coming Awake in Another Language, New

York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Sahota, Sunjeev (2015) The Year of the Runaways, London: Picador.

Scherm, Rebecca (2015) Unbecoming, London: Penguin Books.

Seierstad, Åsne (2004) The Bookseller of Kabul, London: Virago Press.

Skyhorse, Brando (2011) The Madonnas of Echo Park. A Novel, New York: Free Press.

Tan, Amy (1992) The Kitchen God’s Wife, New York: Ballantine Books.

Tanner, Haley (2012) Vaclav & Lena. A Novel, New York: Dial Press.

Taseer, Aatish (2011) Noon, London: Picador.

Tearne, Roma (2010) Brixton Beach, London: HarperPress.

Trapido, Barbara (2003) Frankie and Stankie, London: Bloomsbury.

Verghese, Abraham (2010) Cutting for Stone. A Novel, London: Vintage.

Ward, Amanda Eyre (2015) The Same Sky. A Novel, New York: Ballantine Books.

Wolfe, Gene (2013) The Land Across, New York: Tor.

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