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About The Book
From a major novelist of the Arab world comes a bold, witty and highly contemporarynovel about two women looking for love, set in Italy, Lebanon and LondonHuda and Yvonne are on holiday in the Italian Riviera, enjoying the sun and thesparkling Mediterranean, reminiscent of their childhoods in Lebanon. Yvonne doesn'tknow what she's doing wrong, either there or back in London where she runs an adagency - she seems to spend her time waiting for the right man to come along and notleave again just as quickly. Her friend Huda has no problems in this department, onlyshe isn't really interested in her effect on men - till Hisham comes along. But it isn't lovespurring Huda on, it's her desire to teach him a lesson. Because while you can't escapeyour past, you can perhaps avenge it.
Frank, funny and fearless, The Occasional Virgin is the colourful, wickedly entertainingstory of two unforgettable women and the lengths we'll go to for love.
About The Author
Hanan Al-Shaykh is one of the Arab world's most acclaimed writers. She was born inLebanon and brought up in Beirut, before going to Cairo to receive her education. Shewas a successful journalist in Beirut, then later lived in the Arabian Gulf, before movingto London. She is the author of the short story collection I Sweep the Sun off Rooftopsand her novels include The Story of Zahra, Women of Sand and Myrrh, Beirut Blues,Only in London, and The Locust and the Bird, a memoir of her mother's life. Mostrecently she published One Thousand and One Nights, her acclaimed reimagining ofArabic folktales. She has also written two plays, Dark Afternoon and Paper Husband.
Her work has been translated into 28 languages. Hanan Al-Shaykh lives in London.
Catherine Cobham is a lecturer in Arabic and head of the department of Arabic andPersian at the University of St Andrews. She has translated a number of contemporaryauthors from Arabic, including Naguib Mahfouz, Mahmoud Darwish, Hanan al-Shaykh,Fuad al-Takarli and Ghayath Almadhoun.
|Title:||The Occasional Virgin||Publisher:||bloomsbury publishing|
|Author:||Hanan Al Shaykh|
|No. of Pages:||240|