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Dorothy Al-Khafaji

Between Two Rivers

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When Dorothy set off on a night out with her sister she never dreamt it would lead to a car journey to Baghdad; but that night she met a dark, mysterious stranger - an Iraqi student named Zane- and almost before she knew it they were married and driving to Baghdad in a borrowed car with their baby daughter, Summer.

They moved into a house in the suburbs with Zane’s family, throwing Dorothy into the maelstrom of Iraqi culture: letters could take weeks to arrive, there were no mobile phones or computers and there was no direct dial facility to the UK - she might as well have been living on the moon.

Between Two Rivers is an honest, funny and moving memoir of Baghdad life from the perspective of a young woman from England transplanted into another culture by love. 


‘It's an intimate and loving tribute to Iraq's cosmopolitan era... This is a powerful memoir that needs to be published in Arabic.’ Banipal


Dorothy was born and grew up in Somerset. In Baghdad she trained at the British Council to teach TEFL. Upon return to the UK she taught in Language schools and became a mature student at Portsmouth Poly, followed by a PGCE at University of Surrey. She moved to Wales to start a family business, which she still manages.