Talking About Jane Austen in Baghdad: The True Story of an Unlikely Friendship

Publisher details

Talking About Jane Austen in Baghdad: The True Story of an Unlikely Friendship
Authors
Bee Rowlatt, May Witwit
Publisher
Penguin
Genres
Biography and Memoir, Non Fiction
Released
03 March, 2010

Synopsis

Would you brave gun-toting militias for a cut and blow dry?May's a tough-talking, hard-smoking, lecturer of English. She's also an Iraqi from a Sunni-Shi'ite background living in Baghdad, dodging bullets before breakfast, bargaining for high heels in bombed-out bazaars and battling through blockades to reach her class of Jane Austen-studying girls.Bee, on the other hand, is a London mum of three, busy fighting off PTA meetings and chicken pox, dealing with dead cats and generally juggling work and family while squabbling with her globe-trotting husband over the socks he leaves lying around the house.They should have nothing in common.But when a simple email brings them together, they discover a friendship that overcomes all their differences of culture, religion and age. Talking About Jane Austen in Baghdad is the story of two women who share laughter and tears, and swap their confidences, dreams and fears. And, between the grenades, the gossip, the jokes and the secrets, they also hatch an ingenious plan to help May escape the bombings of Baghdad . . .
May Witwit
About the author

May Witwit

Books by May Witwit

Bee Rowlatt
About the author

Bee Rowlatt

Books by Bee Rowlatt

Related articles

Book News: The 2020 City of Fremantle Hungerford Award Winner Announced

News | Book Life

22 October 2020

Book News: The 2020 City of Fremantle Hungerford Award Winner Announced

    Great Literary Love Affairs

    News | Book Life

    22 October 2020

    Great Literary Love Affairs

      Live Book Event: Rosalie Ham, Author of The Dressmaker's Secret

      News | Events & Festivals

      21 October 2020

      Live Book Event: Rosalie Ham, Author of The Dressmaker's Secret

        Podcast: Nick Bryant on America's Decline, Trump... and on Getting COVID

        Podcast

        21 October 2020

        Podcast: Nick Bryant on America's Decline, Trump... and on Getting COVID

          Guilty Secrets: What I Found On My Friend's Bedside Table

          News | Book Life

          21 October 2020

          Guilty Secrets: What I Found On My Friend's Bedside Table

            Podcast: Sue Miller on Observation, Character and Writing Something Terrifying

            Podcast

            19 October 2020

            Podcast: Sue Miller on Observation, Character and Writing Something Terrifying

              “Climb aboard, me hearties”: Get creative with an activity pack from Pirate Stew by Neil Gaiman

              News | Book Life

              16 October 2020

              “Climb aboard, me hearties”: Get creative with an activity pack from Pirate Stew by Neil Gaiman

              The story behind the stories: CBCA Award winners and Book Week

              News | Book Life

              16 October 2020

              The story behind the stories: CBCA Award winners and Book Week

              Neil Gaiman: Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreaming

              News | Author Related

              15 October 2020

              Neil Gaiman: Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreaming

              Curious creatures, wild minds: 2020 CBCA Book Week activity pack

              News | Awards | Events & Festivals

              15 October 2020

              Curious creatures, wild minds: 2020 CBCA Book Week activity pack

              COMMENTS