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The story was not what I was expecting ! It had a few plot twists but overall it wasn't a great read.Published 2 days ago by Karen Lewis
A delightful Hilary Mantel discovery. A young wife is sent to join her husband at his job in Saudi Arabia. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Anne-Marie
This is an excellent story of life in Saudi Arabia for an ex pat woman and her husband. The repression of the public , not just women , is detailed. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Capt Carl
Although this book is listed as a novel, it is a very authentic depiction of life of an expatriate wife in Saudi Arabia in the 1980s. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Prof Lesa
I'd rate the style OK and the overall writing good because it left a strong impression on me. I found the story disturbing but credible, and the ending brilliant. Read morePublished 5 months ago by drina frances oldroyd
Amazing insight into the claustrophobic life of an ex-pat wife in the Middle East. Very relevant to today despite having been written a while ago.Published 6 months ago by S H.
I love Hillary Mantel's writing. That said, this book was somewhat mysterious. She did a good job portraying the isolation of a European woman in an Arab culture. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Avid Reader
I lived in Jeddah for 18 months in the 1960's. Mantel has captured the atmosphere so well it was almost painful to read!Published 9 months ago by David Blakemore
Though it is now 30 years on from when novel is set, I am currently living in Riyadh in Saudi Arabia. If anything, things are more restrictive now. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Pandora