Only in London

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Bloomsbury, 2002 - Arabs - 276 pages
As a flight from Dubai comes into London's Heathrow and hits turbulence, four people from different corners of the Arab world are thrown together- beautiful, lost Lamis, recently divorced from her wealthy Iraqi husband; Nicholas, an expert at Sotheby's on Islamic daggers; louche and noisy Amira, a Moroccan who lives off immoral earnings and the transvestite Samir, with a monkey hidden in a basket -- and from then on their lives are intimately entwined.

Only in London is a funny, tender and sexy novel that uncovers a unique world in the heart of a big city.

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A novel about an Iraqi woman in London, written by a Lebanese woman in London. Both the Arabic novel and this English translation appeared in 2001. There are four characters who meet for the first ... Read full review

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This novel concerns four people, three of them Arabs living in London, and an Englishman fascinated by Arabian artefacts. It looked quite promising, with its cast of interesting characters – none of ... Read full review

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About the author (2002)

Hanan al-Shaykh grew up in Beirut. She is the author of five novels, including Beirut Blues, which have been translated into sixteen languages and are banned from many Arab countries because of their sexual explicitness. She lives in London with her husband and two children.

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