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Not without my Daughter

Not without my Daughter

Author(s): Betty Mahmoody

Location(s): Iran

Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs

Era(s): Late 20th Century

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Betty Mahmoody and her husband, Dr Sayyed Bozorg Mahmoody (‘Moody’), came to Iran from the USA to meet Moody’s family. With them was their four-year-old daughter, Mahtob. Appalled by the squalor of their living conditions, horrified by what she saw of a country where women are merely chattels and Westerners are despised, Betty soon became desperate to return to the States. But Moody, and his often vicious family, had other plans. Mother and daughter became prisoners of an alien culture, hostages of an increasingly tyrannical and violent man.

Betty began to try to arrange an escape. Evading Moody’s sinister spy network, she secretly met sympathisers opposed to Khomeini’s savage regime. But every scheme that was suggested to her meant leaving Mahtob behind for ever…

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Volatile temperaments, unhygenic conditions and squalor await the family in Iran. A chilling rendition. – Sarah Tucker –

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