Algeria The Uniform of Glory and Beau Geste by P C Wren.

Australia The Songlines by Bruce Chatwin.

Canada Sick Heart River by John Buchan; Solomon Gursky Was Here by Mordecai Richler.

China and Hong Kong The Good Earth and Letter from Peking by Pearl S Buck; Big Christian and Little Tiger by F Muhlenweg; Tai-Pan by James Clavell.

Corfu My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell.

Corsica Granite Island by Dorothy Carrington.

Cyprus Bitter Lemons by Lawrence Durrell.

Egypt The Cairo Trilogy by Naguib Mahfouz; An Egyptian Journal by William Golding.

Germany Three Men on the Bummel by Jerome K Jerome; (In Dresden) Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut.

Holland The Diary of Anne Frank; James Boswell in Holland, ed. F Pottle.

India The Raj Quartet by Paul Scott; Kanthapura by Raja Rao; A Passage to India by E M Forster; Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie; The Siege of Krishnapur by J G Farrell.

Ireland Troubles by J G Farrell; Some Experiences of an Irish RM by Somerville and Ross.

Italy Memoirs of Benvenuto Cellini by Himself; The Leopard by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa.

New Zealand An Angel At My Table, an autobiography by Janet Frame; The Bone People by Keri Hulme.

Portugal The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis by Jose Saramago.

Russia Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak; Gorky Park by Martin Cruz Smith.

Singapore The Singapore Grip by J G Farrell.

Southern Africa Jock of the Bushveld by Sir Percy FitzPatrick; Middlepost by Antony Sher; Cry the Beloved Country by Alan Paton; A Far off Place by Laurens van der Post.

USA Domestic Manners of the Americans by Fanny Trollope; Lake Wobegon Days by Garrison Keillor; Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain; Pal Joey by John O'Hara; A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley.

In northern Iraq, we stood on the ancient walls of Nineveh with an Old Testament in hand. 'Arise, go to Ninevah, that great city, and cry against it'