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Blood and Water: An Anglo-Iranian Love Story (Kindle Single)

Blood and Water: An Anglo-Iranian Love Story (Kindle Single) [Kindle Edition]

Katharine Quarmby
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In this poignant book, the writer and investigative journalist Katharine Quarmby describes the 20 year search for her Iranian birth father and her own adoption history. She links this narrative to the wider story that she uncovered during her search - of the many missing Iranian military fathers, who disappeared after the Iranian Revolution, but who are still sought by so many Iranian love-children in Britain today. Her narrative is a meditation on the importance of both birth and adoptive families - and a challenge to those who would set aside the importance of race as a factor in adoption. She describes what it feels like to search and discover your roots, in a moving story that takes her to Iran undercover, on a secret visit - a visit that changes her forever. The love of the parents who raised her gave her the courage to find her birth father. This is her tribute to both her families.

About the Author
Katharine Quarmby is a writer and journalist, whose work has appeared in The Economist, Mail on Sunday and the Guardian. She was a finalist for the Paul Foot Prize and has produced films for the BBC. Her first book, Scapegoat, on hate crimes against disabled people, won the AMIA International Literature Award.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 172 KB
  • Print Length: 25 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Thistle Publishing (16 July 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00E00BEZQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #83,741 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Katharine Quarmby is a writer, journalist and film-maker specialising in social affairs, education, foreign affairs and politics, with an investigative and campaigning edge. Her most recent assignment is her book, No Place to Call Home, in which she has investigated the relationship between Britain's settled people and Roma, Romanies and Travellers, asking why it is often so troubled - and what can be done to heal the divide. No Place to Call Home is published by Oneworld in August this year, and Katharine's first Kindle Single on her search for her Iranian birth father, and the ins and outs of adoption across the racial divide, Blood and Water, is also published this year.

She has spent most of her working life as a journalist and has made many films for the BBC, as well as working as a correspondent for The Economist, contributing to British broadsheets, including the Guardian, Sunday Times and the Telegraph. She also freelances regularly for other papers, including a stint providing roving political analysis for The Economist, where she has worked as a Britain correspondent, during the 2010 general election.

In 2007 Katharine started to investigate a number of violent killings of disabled men and women across the UK. As news editor of the disability magazine, Disability Now, she was able to put together the first national dossier of such crimes that year, following it up with an investigative report on disability hate crimes, Getting Away with Murder, for the charity Scope and the UK's Disabled People's Council, in 2008.

Her first book for adults, Scapegoat: why we are failing disabled people (Portobello Press, 2011), won a prestigious international award, the Ability Media Literature award, in 2011. In 2012 Katharine was shortlisted for the Paul Foot award for campaigning journalism, by the Guardian and Private Eye magazine, for her five years of campaigning against disability hate. Katharine and her fellow volunteer co-ordinators of the Disability Hate Crime Network, were honoured with Radar's Human Rights People of the Year award, for their work on disability hate crime in 2010.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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This beautiful story of adoption and a journey made which had so much stacked against it.
At various points in Katharine's young life fate could have taken her life along such different paths. Had her skin tone just been a shade darker or her father been allowed to take her back to Iran a whole other life would have been unrecognisable. The authors tenacious approach to discovering her beginnings is inspirational and encouraging to anyone who has adoption and unanswered questions in their family. As well as an engaging and personal account of her own experiences the factual information is informative and helpful for anyone who was adopted during the 60's or early 70's. It is hard to believe all this wasn't so long ago and how attitudes have changed so much.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting book about the time 20 Aug 2013
By Lesley
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A short story of the result of a liaison between an English woman and an Iranian. A human story giving insight into the time and international issues
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5.0 out of 5 stars A totally engaging story 30 July 2013
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This is a totally engaging true story. Katharine is very clear-thinking about her situation. She has been happy in and loved by her adoptive family and yet she always felt a strong urge to meet her birth father. Her story is perhaps unusual in that her birth father did not want her to be adopted. In fact, he tried to get the Adoption Society and her birth mother to allow him to take her back with him to his own country of Iran. They refused.

It was not until she herself was a mother that Katharine met her birth father. This was the beginning of a really meaningful relationship. The accounts of their first and subsequent meetings are beautifully written. Their second meeting took place in Iran and the reader is transported with Katharine into a very different world - one that she might have grown up in.

Katharine has also met her birth mother.

This true story is very inspiring and full of reflection. I feel enriched by having read it. I recommend it to anybody, not just people involved in adoption. It is for anybody who is interested in where we come from and where we think we belong.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A little thin 1 Feb 2014
By Ron
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This was an interesting story of a person returning to her roots in Iran but Kindle Singles do not get the catch to develop either characters or storylines. In the end not much happened but I could appreciate how meaningful it was to the author.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful little memoir 9 Nov 2013
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A very readable personal story around adoption and the search for root across cultures. Quite absorbing. It left me wanting to know more.
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3.0 out of 5 stars An interesting read 1 Oct 2013
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This was quite an enjoyable book. Not the kind of book I normally buy, but it was a pleasant read, with nothing in it to object to.
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