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Author(s): William Dalrymple
Publisher: Bloomsbury
ISBN: 9781408822876
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In the spring of 1839, the British invaded Afghanistan for the first time. Led by lancers in scarlet cloaks and plumed shakos, nearly 20,000 British and East India Company troops poured through the high mountain passes and re-established on the throne Shah Shuja ul-Mulk. On the way in, the British faced little resistance. But after two years of occupation, the Afghan people rose in answer to the call for jihad and the country exploded into violent rebellion. The First Anglo-Afghan War ended in Britain’s greatest military humiliation of the nineteenth century: an entire army of the then most powerful nation in the world ambushed in retreat and utterly routed by poorly equipped tribesmen. Return of a King is the definitive analysis of the First Afghan War, told through the lives of unforgettable characters on all sides and using for the first time contemporary Afghan accounts of the conflict. Prize-winning and bestselling historian William Dalrymple’s masterful retelling of Britain’s greatest imperial disaster is a powerful and important parable of colonial ambition and cultural collision, folly and hubris, for our times.

Author(s): Ramlee Awang Murshid
Publisher: Alaf 21
ISBN: 9789831247891
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ALLAH menciptakan cinta, justeru cinta harus dipertahankan dengan sebaik-baik cara. Maka itu sebagai manusia, Saifudin atau Laksamana Sunan tidak terlepas daripada belenggu cinta.

Tahun 1511 merupakan detik keindahan, cabaran serta air mata. Pengembaraan Saifudin berserta sahabat-sahabatnya ternyata bukan satu perjalanan yang mudah.

Fikiran Saifudin agak terganggu apabila mendengar khabar bahawa isterinya masih hidup. Namun, benarkah Sang Dewi itu adalah isterinya, Ratna mantan Ratu Sulaman? Atau sekadar jelmaan?

Pada tahun 1531 – Saifudin yang sudah berusia memutuskan untuk bermukim di Pinggir Hulu Melaka. Dia mengisi hari tuanya dengan menghambakan diri kepada ALLAH dan meninggalkan dunia pertarungan. Bagaimanapun, kejahatan seolah-olah mengejarnya sampai ke hujung nyawa. Berjayakah Saifudin menewaskan mereka?

Ramlee Awang Murshid dalam karya terkini, SUNAN MUSAFIR, lebih banyak bermain dengan ‘ruang dan waktu’. Lebih menitikberatkan ‘cinta dan air mata’. Mengutamakan ‘perjuangan dan kesabaran’. Yakinilah… pada ketika diri merasakan tidak mempunyai sesiapa, ALLAH itu mencukupi segala-galanya.

Author(s): Iffa Zalia
Publisher: Alaf 21
ISBN: 9789831247907
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Ini adalah kisah dua hati yang tidak pernah serasi. Kisah dua jiwa yang tidak pernah bersatu. Bayangkan sahaja bagaimana, ‘harimau jadian’ yang habitatnya di Garisan Khatulistiwa bertemu dengan ‘penguin’ di kutub selatan? Natijahnya, wujud perang dunia ketiga di mana medan tempur tanpa senjata memporak-perandakan hidup mereka. Masing-masing dengan kepala dan karakter yang tersendiri.

Prinsip Fendi: Kutuk-mengutuk dan marah-marah itu cara dia mengurat dan mengeratkan ikatan dengan Fatin yang dirasakan tidaklah secantik mana, cuma gadis itu comel di pandangan mata.

Prinsip Fatin: Hidup mesti sempoi, relaks dan selamba tetapi dalam percintaan, dia memerlukan seorang lelaki romantis dan bertanggungjawab.

Zahirnya, Fendi dan Fatin memang tidak ‘ngam’ tetapi batin mereka sudah bersatu dalam diam. Namun, kehadiran Tengku Khalid sebagai pesaing membuatkan Fendi tidak keruan. Dia harus melamar Fatin, tetapi bagaimana caranya? Gadis itu memang sukar untuk didekati.

Fatin seorang yang ‘happy go lucky’ meskipun jadi buruan gengster ah long. Idea nakalnya muncul. Lelaki mana yang sanggup beri wang hantaran yang paling tinggi maka itulah suaminya. Maka wujudlah kaunter buka harga! Jadi, antara Tengku Khalid dan Fendi, siapa yang menjadi pilihan si penguin kutub selatan itu?

Author(s): Liza Zahira
Publisher: Alaf 21
ISBN: 9789831244890
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Shakira terumbang-ambing akibat kemiskinan hidup dan hilang tempat bergantung. Airil yang hadir dengan perspektif negatif terhadap gadis itu, akhirnya berubah mencintainya dalam diam.

Sukar bagi Shakira untuk bahagia, lantaran ada hati yang dengki dan merancang untuk membalas dendam. Hati hitam milik Anida berjaya membuatkan cinta Shakira dan Airil terhalang hingga lelaki itu membawa diri meninggalkan Shakira terkapai-kapai keseorangan. Sejak itu, satu per satu badai datang melanda hingga hidup gadis itu tidak menentu.

Author(s): Sam Hayes
Publisher: Headline
ISBN: 9780755349890
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A tense and powerful emotional thriller that asks: Do we ever really know our children? There must have been some mistake…TV presenter Carrie Kent can’t believe the voice on the end of the phone. Surely it didn’t just say that her son - her beloved son Max - has been stabbed within his school gates? This sort of thing happens only to the guests on her daily morning chat show. Not to someone like her boy. But when Carrie arrives at the hospital and learns that Max is dead, she is thrown into a nightmare. No one will reveal what really happened and the only witness, a schoolgirl, is refusing to talk. Carrie must enter an unknown world of fear and violence if she wants to find the truth. But can she live with what she discovers?

Author(s): Jackie Collins
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
ISBN: 9781849834216
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New York fashion designer Jamie Nova has chosen the glitz of Las Vegas as the setting for celebrating her impending divorce. Joined by her two best friends, street-smart Madison Castelli, and Natalie de Barge, an ambitious TV reporter - Jamie plans to make the most of her hard-earned holiday and forget all about her controlling ex. When the threesome encounters Mark Blaine, the fun-loving playboy scion of a real estate billionaire, things start to heat up very quickly. Madison and Natalie receive a frantic midnight phone call telling them Mark is lying in Jamie’s bed. And he’s dead…

Author(s): Editor: Muhammad Haji Salle, Editor: Ivan Adilla
Publisher: Penerbit Universiti Sains Malaysia
ISBN: 9789838614962
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Pantun Minangkabau ini yang dikumpulkan dari seluruh daerahnya menjadi suatu bukti kepada khazanah besarnya. Bentuk ini adalah wacana terpilih perasaan, pemikiran, seni malah jati diri Minangkabau. Ia diharap dapat menyumbang kepada usaha mengekalkan khazanah pantun di Minangkabau dalam konteks pantun Nusantara.

Author(s): Nora Roberts
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9780515148862
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What Laurel wants is a strong, intelligent man, a man just like Parker’s older brother Delaney Brown, whom she’s crushed on since childhood. When Laurel’s quicksilver moods get the better of her-leading to an angry, hot, all-together mind-blowing kiss with Del-she’ll have to quiet the doubts in her mind to turn a moment of passion into forever. This is the third installment in the Bride Quartet by New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts.

Author(s): Ramlee Awang Murshid
Publisher: Alaf 21
ISBN: 9789831245415
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PILU  hati saat dikhabarkan suaminya gugur di medan perang. Catalina rebah tidak sedarkan diri. Sebaik terjaga, dia membicarkan hajatnya ke Hulu Melaka. Ingin mencari ‘lelaki bertanduk dua.

Tanpa diduga, takdir menentukan Laksamana Sunan lelaki yang dicari Catalina. Malangnya, Laksamana Sunan bukan lagi wirawan. Kudratnya lenyap dan ditawan penjajah yang menakluk Melaka. Hampir dibunuh musuh, dia dia diselamatkan oleh cinta yang dipendam Luna.

Laksamana Sunan, Catalina dan Luna… bukan sekadar terperangkap dalam perjalanan yang berliku, malah terkurung dalam cinta segi tiga yang terlafaz dan tersembunyi.

Author(s): Susan Abulhawa
Publisher: Bloomsbury
ISBN: 9781408813553
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Mornings in Jenin is a multi-generational story about a Palestinian family. Forcibly removed from the olive-farming village of Ein Hod by the newly formed state of Israel in 1948, the Abulhejos are displaced to live in canvas tents in the Jenin refugee camp. We follow the Abulhejo family as they live through a half century of violent history. Amidst the loss and fear, hatred and pain, as their tents are replaced by more forebodingly permanent cinderblock huts, there is always the waiting, waiting to return to a lost home. The novel’s voice is that of Amal, the granddaughter of the old village patriarch, a bright, sensitive girl who makes it out of the camps, only to return years later, to marry and bear a child. Through her eyes, with her evolving vision, we get the story of her brothers, one who is kidnapped to be raised Jewish, one who will end with bombs strapped to his middle. But of the many interwoven stories, stretching backward and forward in time, none is more important than Amal’s own. Her story is one of love and loss, of childhood and marriage and parenthood, and finally the need to share her history with her daughter, to preserve the greatest love she has. Set against one of the twentieth century’s most intractable political conflicts, Mornings in Jenin is a deeply human novel - a novel of history, identity, friendship, love, terrorism, surrender, courage, and hope. Its power forces us to take a fresh look at one of the defining conflicts of our lifetimes.

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