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Between Two Rivers: A Story of Life, Love and Marriage from an English woman in Baghdad [Kindle Edition]

Dorothy Al Khafaji
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When Dorothy set off on a night out with her sister she never dreamt it would lead to a car journey to Baghdad; but that night she met a dark, mysterious stranger - an Iraqi student named Zane- and almost before she knew it they were married and driving to Baghdad in a borrowed car with their baby daughter, Summer. They moved into a house in the suburbs with Zane’s family, throwing Dorothy into the maelstrom of Iraqi culture: letters could take weeks to arrive, there were no mobile phones or computers and there was no direct dial facility to the UK - she might as well have been living on the moon. Between Two Rivers is an honest, funny and moving memoir of Baghdad life from the perspective of a young woman from England transplanted into another culture by love.

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'A powerful memoir that needs to be published in Arabic.' --Banipal, Magazine of Modern Arab Literature

'Dorothy herself is a survivor who has lived it and can now tell the tale for others to contemplate any lessons that might help to heal today's post Wars Iraq.' -- Nahla Al-Ageli, Nahla Ink --Nahla Al-Ageli

'Dorothy herself is a survivor who has lived it and can now tell the tale for others to contemplate any lessons that might help to heal today's post Wars Iraq.' --Nahla Al-Ageli

About the Author

Dorothy was born and grew up in Somerset. In Baghdad she trained at the British Council to teach TEFL. Upon return to the UK she taught in Language schools and became a mature student at Portsmouth Poly, followed by a PGCE at University of Surrey. She moved to Wales to start a family business, which she still manages.

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Dorothy was born and grew up in Somerset. In Baghdad she trained at the British Council to teach TEFL. Upon return to the UK she taught in Language schools and became a mature student at Portsmouth Poly, followed by a PGCE at University of Surrey. She moved to Wales to start a family business, which she still manages.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story 30 Jun. 2013
Format:Paperback
Really enjoyed this book. Sunbleached and candid, it's about a young woman in the 60s who meets an Iraqui student and her account of their life in Baghdad, before it all changed. Insight into culture, family life - domestic details are juxtaposed wtih increasing political instability. Highly recommend!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Book 14 Jun. 2013
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A great insight into the real Iraq before the country went back in time . A beautiful way of telling an amazing story. One to watch. Recommend to any one. Such a great book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb read.Highly recommend it 31 May 2013
By bets
Format:Paperback
This was a supereb read. What an adventure! A very brave woman..
Put my perceptions of that Country straight
I am looking forward to the next book
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read 11 Dec. 2013
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Gripping and unique view of Baghdad. After reading so many stories about tortured lives, reading about everyday family life is so refreshing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An inside story of domestic life in Iraq 26 Mar. 2014
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This book – the memoir of an English woman married to an Iraqi (one of the many in Baghdad in the sixties and seventies) – is an eye-opening description of pre-war Iraq. She tells what it was like to arrive in the heart of a new family whose language she could not speak and who despaired of her ever meeting their standards of how things should be done. As she and her husband establish their own family household the politics become ever more precarious until life gets very tricky indeed. The book ends with Dorothy’s return to Britain with her family in 1980, and the question is left hanging how they experienced that transition, especially her husband Zane. The subject of a further memoir, perhaps?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read 28 Jun. 2013
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A well written book which kept me gripped throughout. Interesting story of a young woman's life in Iraq. Would recommend this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read 11 Jan. 2014
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Not having read anything about the life and culture of Iraq this book gives one an interesting insight. A must read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars need a follow up book. 9 Jan. 2014
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enjoyed story of her married life,but please let us know how her life withhusband and children was when returned to uk
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bought as a present
Bought as a present from a wish list so it was wanted. Sounds an interesting read.
Published 6 months ago by M. Cox
3.0 out of 5 stars Not what it appears
The cover picture initially put me off but a friend persuaded me to read it. I enjoyed it but that cover needs to change. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Godiva
5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable
From the horrible cover I wondered if I would enjoy this book, but once I started I really couldn't put it down
The life of the Author and her family over a period of... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Ann Schreer
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting insight
Interesting insight into the country and how it used to be. Easy to read and made you feel as though you were there with the family. Would definitely recommend.
Published 19 months ago by Nicola
1.0 out of 5 stars Ordinary
I cannot help but thinking this is an ordinary story of an ordinary woman who wanted to put her story after the success of a really moving book ( I never said goodbye) by Pauline... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Mays
5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly captivating
An utterly captivating memoir of a full fascinating `normal ` life led by a British woman in Iraq bringing up a family in, before having read this book, incomprehensible... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Anne Campbell
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyable
A complete insight of a young woman's life from falling in love & moving to a different country & learning a new culture to fleeing to save your family, an insight into what was a... Read more
Published 21 months ago by suzie
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific read
Really, really enjoyed this, what a struggle this family and their friends and neighbours went through, amazing people. Read more
Published 21 months ago by tirna
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
So scary, we make choices, she made hers and survived. I couldn't and wouldn't have survived. Good on her. When you choose it is sometimes good to stick with it.
Published 21 months ago by Dotty
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