Talking About Jane Austen in Baghdad by Bee Rowlatt and May Witwit

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Courtesy of Penguin This is a true story of an unlikely friendship between two women from different worlds and it was a joy to read. The following is taken from the back cover of the book: May's a tough-talking, hard-smoking, lecturer of English. She's also an Iraqi from a Sunni-Shi'ite background living in Baghdad, dodging bullets before ...

Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons

What a hoot this British classic is! First published in 1932, I can’t believe it has taken me so long to discover. If you love things like the “Vicar of Dibley” then you will love this novel. First published in 1932, Cold Comfort Farm is a tongue-in-cheek portrayal of a city girl’s visit to her quirky ...