Born to an Iraqi?Christian father and a British mother, and raised in England and Canada, Leilah Nadir has never set foot in Iraq. Distanced from her Iraqi roots through immigration and now cut off by war, the closest link she has to the nation is her father, who left Baghdad in the 1960s. Through her father?s memories, Leilah recounts her family?s lost story, from Iraq under British occupation through to the Gulf War. She experiences the thunderous explosions of the present-day conflict through her cousins still living in Baghdad and her friend, award-winning photographer Farah Nosh, who brings back news of Leilah?s family, as well as stunning photos of Iraqi civilians and their tragic stories.
Praise for The Orange Trees of Baghdad:
?.The Orange Trees of Baghdad is much more than mere condemnation of the so-called coalition of the willing. It?s a love song to Nadir?s Iraqi relatives? Nadir?s strength as a writer lies in her passionate descriptions of the smallestdetail. There?s a real immediacy, even an urgency, about The Orange Trees of Baghdad? This is a powerful and important book.? ?The Vancouver Sun