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Book Size: 13.7 x 2.6 x 21 cm mm (Height x Width x Depth)

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She must escape from Iraq as soon as possible or she will be forced to die for her family's honour. This is the true story of Latifa Ali, an Iraqi-born woman, whose family found asylum in the western world after her father discovered he was on Saddam Hussein's hit list. Tricked by her mother into returning to the homeland to look after a sick relative after she refused the marriage of her mother's choice, Latifa is left stranded without a passport and any opportunity to communicate with the western world. Her father, now divorced and living in Kurdistan, expects his daughter to submit to the muslim way of life and arranges a marriage that would result in her death by honour killing should it go ahead. As the war on terror rages, Latifa finds herself in conflict with her cultural heritage and customs. Allowed to work, Latifa develops contacts that could prove to be her escape route, but imprisoned, abused and violated, her efforts to defy the path chosen for her fail and her death looms closer. This is a harrowing story of independence and perseverance. This is an inspirational read of a desperate woman prepared to work as a spy, consort with the UN and run for the border.

About the Authors

Latifa Ali

Latifa Ali came to Sydney as a five year old Kurdish refugee with her family. In 1997 she moved to Germany with her mother, brother and sister. After four years there, she moved again, this time to Iraq. In Iraq, Ali's passport was confiscated by her family. She lived, unhappily, with her father's family until she could arrange, with the assistance of the US military and the Australian embassy, to leave the country and return to Australia

Richard Shears

Richard Shears has written 30 or so books encompassing fiction, true crime and general non-fiction. His recent non-fiction books include Bloodstain: the Vanishing of Peter Falconio and Wildlife Warrior: the Life of Steve Irwin. He has travelled the world as a journalist.

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