The Diary of Ma Yan by Ma Yan.
In a drought-stricken corner of rural China, education can be difficult to acquire, particularly for a young girl. Ma Yan's Diary chronicles a heart-wrenching tale of despair which ends in triumph.
Virago 2004, £6.99
My Forbidden Face: Growing Up Under the Taliban - A Young Woman's Story (Paperback) by Latifa.
What was it like to be a young woman growing up under the puritanical Taliban regiime in Afghanistan. Latifa tells her extraordinary story in this harrowing book which eventually sees her rescued by French Journalists.
The Year is 42 by Nella Bielski Arcadia Books 2001
Translated by Lisa Appignanesi and John Berger, Winner of the 2005 Scott Moncrieff prize for Translation from French. 'A dense, elusive, wholly original and moving novel that portrays history as the spymaster of us all.' John le Carre,
Oranges for the Son of Alexander Levy by Nella Bielski Arcadia Books 2000
Translated by Lisa Appignanesi and John Berger
By Elena Belotti
Writers and Readers 1976