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Margaret Halliday

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Margaret Halliday was born in England in 1949 with green fingers and itchy feet. She satisfied the former first, by a year's training in Hastings Alexandra Park, followed by a horticultural course at the West of Scotland Agricultural College.

She fell in love with Scotland, married a Scotsman and raised two children, while working in scientific research and studying up to doctorate level. She qualified as a teacher of biology and chemistry and taught in various schools and colleges in Edinburgh.

Her marriage broke up in 1986, partly because of those itchy feet. She went to live in Istanbul in 1988, where she taught biological sciences at Marmara University for five years. Following this she taught English in Budapest and Damascus, exploring t
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The Belly Dancer

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Good Vibrations: a Story of...

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Prana Soup: an Indian odyssey

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WWOOFing North and South

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My Christmas Books

Christmas is coming and in these troubled times of travel restrictions you might be tempted to give a gift to a loved one where they can travel to far flung places in their minds.





My most recent book, Stranger than Fiction, True Stories from around the World , does just that. It’ll take you on a whirlwind journey around the world, from Bali to Jordan and Cuba to Canada. Then there’s Prana Soup, an

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10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World by Elif Shafak
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Just incredible!

Another amazing book from this wonderful writer. At first I was horrified at being confronted by a dead body but I soon got sucked in to Leila’s life, shocked by her and her mother’s treatment. Then there are the five friends, each of
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Mermaids in a Jar by Max Scratchmann
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A surreal read

The wonderful cover opens into this beautifully written wee book which will transport you to other dimensions, both watery and otherwise.
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The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce
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Eros and the Magician by Isabelle Moss
Eros and the Magician
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Magical!

I don’t normally read verse but I thoroughly enjoyed this wonderfully erotic vision of the intricacies of love and desire. The writing is superb and vividly portrays each scene.
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The Embroiderer by Kathryn Gauci
The Embroiderer
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A mammoth historical read

This book spans around 150 years, including the Balkan Wars and the First and Second World Wars, in particular the effect on Greece and Turkey. It’s a fascinating read which follows a Greek family of embroiderers through thes
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The Bastard of Istanbul by Elif Shafak
The Bastard of Istanbul
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Evanthia's Gift by Effie Kammenou
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An interesting tale of two generations of Greek-American families

I enjoyed reading about the lives of these families, their romances and tragic histories. Greek food and its preparation was much in evidence which added to the flavour of the book. I c
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The Secret by Katharine Johnson
The Secret
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A moving story about war-torn Italy, love and despair.

This well-written novel had me intrigued from the start and more so as the pace picked up later on. The lives of school chums Martina and Irena are torn apart by love and war and secrets. The stor
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Murder In Aix by Susan Kiernan-Lewis
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A riveting read!

A fast moving murder mystery with well-rounded characters, set against the beautiful Provençal scenery with yummy descriptions of French food. How I wish I were married to the gorgeous Laurent, despite his gambling!
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