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The Levelling

The Levelling
  • Author(s): Dan Mayland
  • Location(s): Baku, Iran, Turkmenistan
  • Genre(s): Thriller
  • Era(s): Modern

These days, Mark Sava spends more time in tutoring sessions than in cloak-and-dagger rendezvous. The former CIA station chief of Azerbaijan has settled into the modest life of a professor in Baku…until an assassin makes a brazen attempt on...

The Saffron Kitchen

The Saffron Kitchen
  • Author(s): Yasmin Crowther
  • Location(s): Iran, London, Mazareh
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Mid 1900s onwards

come. Richmond Hill in London is a far cry from where Maryam Mazar was born and raised, the little village of Mazareh in Iran, but this affluent suburb is where she has lived for more than forty years. She...

The Secret Message

The Secret Message
  • Author(s): Mina Javaherbin
  • Location(s): Iran
  • Genre(s): Children

Rumi’s poetry is fashioned into lyrical prose for children

The Temporary Bride: A Memoir of Love and Food in Iran

The Temporary Bride: A Memoir of Love and Food in Iran
  • Author(s): Jennifer Klinec
  • Location(s): Iran
  • Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs, Food and Drink
  • Era(s): Modern

In her thirties, Jennifer Klinec abandons a corporate job to launch a cooking school from her London flat. Raised in Canada to Hungarian-Croatian parents, she has already travelled to countries most people are fearful of, in search of ancient...

The Wandering Falcon

The Wandering Falcon
  • Author(s): Jamil Ahmad
  • Location(s): Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Short Stories
  • Era(s): Late 20th Century

This book is set in the heart of the stateless stretch of mountains where the borders of Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran meet: an area now in the news and seen as lawless, and rulled by tribal Taliban, but pre...

Whirlwind

Whirlwind
  • Author(s): James Clavell
  • Location(s): Tehran
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 1979

“Whirlwind” is the story of three weeks in Tehran in February 1979: three weeks of fanaticism, passion, self-sacrifice and heartbreak. Caught between the revolutionaries and the forces of international intrigue is a team of professional pilots. They are ordered...

Children of the Jacaranda Tree

Children of the Jacaranda Tree
  • Author(s): Sahar Delijani
  • Location(s): Tehran
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1983 and late 2000s

Tehran, 1983. A city paralysed by fear, its people silenced. And the beating heart of the regime is Evin prison. Yet even within its walls three women dare to dream of a life beyond tyranny. Azar gives birth to her...

Farangi Girl

Farangi Girl
  • Author(s): Ashley Dartnell
  • Location(s): Florida, Tehran
  • Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs
  • Era(s): 1960s onwards

Ashley Dartnell’s mother was a glamorous American, her father a dashing Englishman, each trying to slough off their past and upgrade to a more romantic and exotic present in Iran. As the story starts, Ashley is eight years old...

From a Persian Tea House

From a Persian Tea House
  • Author(s): Michael Carroll
  • Location(s): Iran
  • Genre(s): Travelogue
  • Era(s): 1950s

Drawn to the exoticism and mystery of names on a map of Iran – Isfahan, Shiraz, Meshed, Kerman, Khorassan – Michael Carroll embarked on a journey that took him through the heart of the country from the Taurus mountains...

Not without my Daughter

Not without my Daughter
  • Author(s): Betty Mahmoody
  • Location(s): Iran
  • Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs
  • Era(s): Late 20th Century

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...

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