Books on Middle East

Old Aug 15th 2020, 7:55 pm
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What have you read that reflects your experiences in the region ?

For me - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eight_...Ghazzah_Street

That has Jeddah down to a "T"

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I liked "Girls of Riyadh" set in, surprisingly enough , Riyadh.

And I also enjoyed, I think it was called "The Bamboo Stalk"
Set in Kuwait, it's the story of a half Kuwaiti half Filipino, product of an illicit relationship with the maid.
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I liked "Girls of Riyadh" set in, surprisingly enough , Riyadh.

And I also enjoyed, I think it was called "The Bamboo Stalk"
Set in Kuwait, it's the story of a half Kuwaiti half Filipino, product of an illicit relationship with the maid.



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Married to a Bedouin by Marguerite Gendermalsen. She is a NZ nurse who met, fell in love with, and married a Jordanian bedou and lived with him and the wider family in Petra. We were lucky enough to meet her in, I think, 2008 when she was in Petra campaigning for it to become one of the new wonders of the world. We lent the book to a friend and, unfortunately, they never returned it. I may have to look for it in a bookshop here as I wouldn’t mind reading it again.
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https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/The-Bam...tOverride=true

I was not keen on "Girls of Riyadh" Not keen on "Chicklit" even with a Saudi flavour !

The book by Gendermalsen is currently available from Abebooks @£2.97 inclung UK postage.
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No mention yet of the forum's own...False Profit: Footprints In Shifting Sands - Michael Jameson - which I enjoyed immensely
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No mention yet of the forum's own...False Profit: Footprints In Shifting Sands - Michael Jameson - which I enjoyed immensely
Alongside Timeout Abu Dhabi, one of the best reads I’ve ever had on the region. Weasel nailed it.
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Thanks ! It feels like a lifetime ago - which it is a little. And it feels like a different person wrote it, someone who actually had some drive to get stuff done.

It's on Amazon for anyone who'd like to read it, (it's still full of editing errors don't worry), foregoing the massive money I normally earn from it, anyone can download the ebook free from tomorrow for the next five days, link in my signature.
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