In Perth I managed to read "Freedom at Midnight" which is about the independence of India and Pakistan. I had no idea there was the bloodshed that happened and wish I'd read it before we had gone there.
Philippa Gregory has another book out called "The Other Queen" which is written following Mary Queen of Scots through her imprisonment. It is good, but not as god as her others.
"Holy Cow" is another take on India. This one is quite funny and makes light of all of the idiosyncrasies of India and is well done.
Mao's Last Dancer is an excellent book and a true story. It is an autobiography by Li Cunxin who is a peasant boy in China who goes on to be one of the world's most famous ballet dancers.