These bodies of water

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Sabrina Mahfouz once sat in a Whitehall interview room and was interrogated about everything from her political leanings to her private life. It was ostensibly a job interview, but implicit in their demands was the unspoken question: as a woman of Middle Eastern heritage, could she really be trusted? Years later, Sabrina found herself confronting the meaning behind this interrogation, and how it was specifically informed by the British Empire’s historical dominance in the Middle East. This title investigates this history through the Middle Eastern coastlines and waterways that were so vital to the Empire’s hold. Interwoven with her own personal experiences, Sabrina combines history, politics, myth and poetry in a devastating examination of this unacknowledged part of Britain’s colonial past.

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‘Impossible to put down while you’re reading, and impossible to forget about when you’ve finished’ Glamour

After a gruelling job interview where she was interrogated about everything from her political leanings to her family background, Sabrina Mahfouz realised that one unspoken question had pervaded her entire life: as a woman of Middle Eastern heritage, could she really be trusted?

Years later, Sabrina found herself confronting this question and how it was specifically informed by the British Empire’s historical dominance in the Middle East. Taking us on a journey of the Middle-Eastern coastlines and waterways that were so vital to the Empire’s hold, and combining memoir, history, politics, myth and poetry, These Bodies of Water is a tapestry of writing that tells the unacknowledged story of Britain’s relationship with the Middle East in the most revealing terms.

‘A writer of staggering conviction, ingenuity and integrity’ Kae Tempest

‘Brilliant and profound’ Nikesh Shukla

‘A bold, brave look at the ways imperialism affects us all’ Riz Ahmed

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Weight 0.2 kg
Dimensions 19.6 × 12.8 × 2.8 cm
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Cover

Paperback

Pages

288

Language

English

Edition
Dewey

327.41056 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K