What Will Survive

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The plight of Lebanon, just emerging in 1997 from a decade of civil war, is the fascinating historical backdrop to this novel that begins with the death of an Englishwoman, Aisha, in a landmine accident near the town of Nebatiyeh. Once the woman is identified as a minor celebrity—a fashion model with an Egyptian mother—in England reporters rush to the family's Somerset home to follow up rumors that link the death to Princess Diana's high-profile campaign for a ban on landmines. When a young feature ...

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The plight of Lebanon, just emerging in 1997 from a decade of civil war, is the fascinating historical backdrop to this novel that begins with the death of an Englishwoman, Aisha, in a landmine accident near the town of Nebatiyeh. Once the woman is identified as a minor celebrity—a fashion model with an Egyptian mother—in England reporters rush to the family's Somerset home to follow up rumors that link the death to Princess Diana's high-profile campaign for a ban on landmines. When a young feature writer is sent to Beirut to further pursue the story, she finds herself trapped behind the lines of a bloody conflict between Israeli troops and the Syrian-backed terrorist organization Hezbollah. Realizing that thousands of ordinary Lebanese are still trapped between the two enemies, she suddenly sees a much larger story—one in which Aisha is simply the victim of a disturbing new wave of violence that is barely mentioned in the British press. Writing her story, the reporter vows to see that justice is won for Aisha—and for Lebanon.

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It's a brave woman who raises female genital mutilation on page three and goes on to tackle the complexities of Hezbollah and Lebanon's relationship with Israel alongside women's role in the media. But tackle them Joan Smith does, in a novel that is part thriller, part travelogue and wholly original. . . . This is a bold take on some tough material.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781905147564
  • Publisher: Arcadia Books
  • Publication date: 9/1/2007
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 5.79 (w) x 8.72 (h) x 1.12 (d)

Meet the Author

Joan Smith is a writer known for her lively and controversial weekly columns in The Independent and The Independent on Sunday, and she frequently writes for several other British periodicals. She is the author of Misogynies and Moralities, as well as five crime novels, two of which have been made into films by the BBC.

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