My top 5 Arab literature finds …

I love books! Classics, fiction, non-fiction, reference books, business, biographies… the lot! Moving to Bahrain made me look for books with a local theme. So, here are my top 5 novels:

  1. IMG_3833‘Meeting Point’ by Lucy Caldwell is a story following an Irish expat couple moving to Bahrain and life taking an unexpected turn.
  2. ‘Cities of Salt’ by Abdulrahman Munif narrates the story of the discovery of oil in the Arabian Peninsula and the radical impact of that discovery on the people.
  3. ‘Arabian Sands’ by Wilfried Thesiger is a classic read of an explorers view of the ‘Empty Quarter’ of Arabia in the middle of last century.
  4. ‘Girls of Riyadh’ by Rajaa Alsanea is an easy read set out in the form of e-mails, recounting the personal lives of four young Saudi girls dealing with the relationship between men and women in the Kingdom.
  5. ‘Finding Nouf’ by Zoe Ferraris follows the search for a missing woman in the middle of the desert providing a fascinating glimpse into the workings and assumptions of Saudi society.

What have you been reading lately?


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