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Talking About Jane Austen in Baghdad

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Talking About Jane Austen in Baghdad: The True Story of an Unlikely Friendship - Bee Rowlatt, May Witwit, book reviewWhen I heard that there was a book called Talking About Jane Austen in Baghdad – The True Story of an Unlikely Friendship my first thought was that it sounded just a bit too similar to ‘Reading Lolita in Tehran’ and I will admit that I dismissed it as another ‘jumping on the bandwagon’ book and thought no more of it. Then in autumn 2011 BBC Radio 4 did an adaptation, teasing the listener with just 15 minutes each day and I was hooked. I loved the adaptation of the book so much that I ordered a copy almost immediately – though perhaps to call it a ‘book’ is the wrong way to describe this. In effect, it’s just a collection of emails gathered over several years of friendship between a UK-based journalist and an Iraqi academic.

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