Ali and Nino - Kurban SaidThis book is the most touching love story I have ever read. Set in 1918 in Baku, Azerbaijan, the tale narrates the love between an Azerbaijani Muslim boy and a Georgian Christian girl, before and during the Russian Revolution and capture of Baku by the Bolsheviks. This book is beautiful and valuable in its own right, but also chimes with a more modern audience. The unfolding of Ali and Nino’s story demonstrates the universality and timelessness of the tension, angst and strength of love between star-crossed couples from different racial, religious, cultural and geographical backgrounds.

Recommended by Tamara Bell.

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