Not into football? Read your way around the World Cup instead
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For football fans, the World Cup is the most exciting thing to happen every four years. For non football fans? Not so much. But never fear, we at the National Student have you covered: you can join in on the fun by reading your way round the countries of the world cup instead. Read on for a book set in each of the 32 countries taking part. 1. Germany: The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak Narrated by Death, this story follows Liesel Meminger as she steals books and helps hide a Jew in the shadow of Nazi Germany. 2. Russia: The Crown's Game, by Evelyn Skye For this year's hosts, a fantasy set in Imperial Russia, with two magicians competing in a deadly game to become the Tsar's Imperial Enchanter. 3. Belgium: Cross My Heart, by Carmen Reid This book follows Nicole, a teenage girl in the Belgian Resistance, fighting to free her country from the Nazis during WWII. 4. England: A Darker Shade of Magic, by VE Schwab Schwab's immersive fantasy follows royal foster child Kell and aspiring pirate Lila as they travel across parallel Londons using Kell's Antari magic. 5. Spain: The Shadow of The Wind, by Carlos Ruiz Zafon Zafon's bestseller follows a young man in post Spanish Civil War Barcelona after he becomes obssessed with a rare book and tries to track down the book's author. 6. Poland: The Zookeeper's Wife, by Diane Ackerman The Zookeper's Wife tells the true story of Jan and Antonina Zabinski's efforts to hide Jews in Warsaw Zoo during WWII. Jan Zabinski 7. Iceland: Burial Rites, by Hannah Kent Burial Rites is based on a true story of the final days of a woman accused of murder in Iceland in 1829. 8. Serbia: The Horse Has Six Legs, by various authors The Horse Has Six Legs is an anthology of poetry from Serbian poets. 9. France: The Nightingale, by Kristin Hannah Set in France in 1939, The Nightingale tells the story of two sisters and the ways that they resist the Nazis, Vianne by hiding Jews and Isabelle by joining the French Resistance. 10. Portugal: The High Mountains of Portugal, by Yann Martel Set in Lisbon, the book follows the different journeys of three different men at different points in Portugal's history. 11. Switzerland: Heidi, by Johanna Spyri The famous book about an orphan girl raised by her grandfather in the Swiss Alps. 12. Croatia: Girl At War, by Sara Novic Girl At War follows Ana as she returns to Croatia, ten years after a bitter Civil War. 13. Sweden: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, by Stieg Larsson A psychological thriller following a journalist and a hacker searching for a missing girl. 14. Denmark: Music and Silence, by Rose Tremain A love story set in the court of Christian IV of Denmark.
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