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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Polygon An Imprint of Birlinn Limited (1 Aug. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846972469
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846972461
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.5 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 145,940 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'A work of genuine cultural interest' --The Sunday Mail

'The stories Laird collects are weird and wonderful and sometimes quite magical' --The Scotsman

'Laird's knowledge of Ethiopia is astounding and accurate . . . she writes with an empathy many others lack' --The List

'A lovely meander through Ethiopia's oral tradition' --Independent on Sunday

'I was mesmerized throughout with her vivid and insightful descriptions . . . It is a fascinating read' --American Peace Corps newspaper, the Herald

'A lovely meander through Ethiopia's oral tradition' --Independent on Sunday

About the Author

Elizabeth Laird was born in New Zealand in 1943, the fourth of five children. In 1945, Laird and her family returned to Britain and she grew up in South London, where she was educated at Croydon High School. When she was eighteen, Laird started teaching at a school in Malaysia. She decided to continue her adventurous life, even though she was bitten by a poisonous snake and went down with typhoid. After attending the university in Bristol, Laird began teaching English in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. She and a friend would hire mules and go into remote areas in the holidays. After a while at Edinburgh University, Laird worked in India for a summer. During travel, she met her future husband, David McDowall. The couple were married in 1975 and have two sons, Angus and William. Laird has also visited Iraq and Lebanon. She claims to dislike snakes, porridge and being cold but enjoys very dark chocolate, Mozart, reading and playing the violin in the Iraq Symphony Orchestra. She and her husband currently divide their time between London and Edinburgh.


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