Talking About Jane Austen in Baghdad: The True Story of an Unlikely Friendship
A London mum and Iraqi teacher should have nothing in common. Yet now, despite their differences, they're the firmest of friends . . . Talking About Jane Austen in Baghdad by Bee Rowlatt and May Witwit is a touching and poignant portrait of an unlikely friendship.
Would you brave gun-toting militias for a cut and blow dry?
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 . . .
Bee Rowlatt is a former show-girl turned BBC World Service journalist. A mother of three and would-be do-gooder, she can find keeping her career going while caring for her three daughters (and husband) pretty tough, even in leafy North London.
May Witwit is an Iraqi expert in Chaucer and sender of emails depicting kittens in fancy dress. She is prepared to face every hazard imaginable to make that all-important hairdresser's appointment.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - HeatherLINC - www.librarything.com
In 2005 Bee Rowlatt, a London journalist, sent a chance email to May Witwit, an Iraqi English lecturer, and from it a deep and touching friendship develops between the two women. Talking about "Jane ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - bookbatty - LibraryThing
I enjoyed this book a lot. Reading it made me think of the email friendship I have with a lovely lady who lives in another country. Shows how much we can support and encourage each other even if we ... Read full review