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By Alison Wearing

“I got on the bus to Iran with Alison Wearing in Istanbul on the first page and got off in Damascus with the last. Written with great humour, candour and tenderness, Honeymoon in Purdah transformed Iran from a country I had formerly associated with fear and black cloth and oppression to a place of a thousand colours and tastes and kindnesses. This book is why we travel and why we read travel writing: to be transported, and to return transformed.”
-Jamie Zeppa, author of Beyond the Sky and the Earth: A Journey to Bhutan


Wearing_Honeymoon in PurdahDonning the cloak of Islam, Alison Wearing journeys beyond the legacy of revolution, religious fundamentalism and veiled women to find the real people of Iran. She takes us into the homes and hearts of people whose spirit, intelligence and laughter enlighten and impress, and the result is a collection of riveting, often funny, portraits of the generous, irrepressible people she meets on her travels. With a novelist’s love of language and eye for dramatic detail, Wearing offers us startling glimpses into this enigmatic country and introduces us to people who welcome her, feed her and send her off on one adventure after another. Beautifully written, fresh and fascinating at every turn, Honeymoon in Purdah reveals an Iran rarely seen by Westerners.

“Honeymoon in Purdah is one of the best pieces of travel writing it has been my privilege to read in this or any millennium.”
Ottawa Citizen

“A fascinating journey…As with any good travel book, Honeymoon in Purdah is not a tour of monuments, but an exploration of a nation’s psyche, in this case a proud, generous and enduring one…”
The Globe and Mail

“Lyrical, insightful, funny and stubbornly independent.”
National Post

“Bright and searingly observant, [Wearing] paints indelible moments from her honeymoon with Iran…The cumulative effect is like reading Alice in Wonderland.”
The Toronto Star

“Wise, compassionate, amused and amusing, Alison Wearing is the ideal travel companion, and this is the most vital account of contemporary Iran – in all its tragic-comic dimensions – I have read.”
-Paul William Roberts, author of 
The Demonic Comedy: Some Detours in the Baghdad of Saddam Hussein

Honeymoon in Purdah is the perfect travel memoir: Observant, wise and very funny. Chock-full of descriptive narrative, it is so evocative I ended up craving pistachios and could almost feel that chaador.”
The Calgary Sun

“Compulsively readable.”
The Toronto Star

“With an open heart, a sharp eye and a fine-tuned ear, Alison Wearing lets the Iranians she encounters create with their own words a kind of collective self-portrait – a vocal mosaic of a misunderstood people. Honeymoon in Purdah is lively, moving and – like most books that offer genuine insights – extremely funny.”
-Steven Heighton, author of Afterlands

“With this engrossing account, Wearing casts a sympathetic eye on the real people of Iran, so often invisible to the West.”
Publishers Weekly

“An engaging and lyrical work…Its sharp yet sympathetic eye for detail allows the everyday citizens whom the author encounters and observes to emerge from behind the stereotype and reveal what Wearing herself calls ‘the poetry of their lives’.”
Calgary Herald

“Alison Wearing has assembled a series of rich and funny anecdotes about Iran, a nation few Westerners get beneath the surface of, let alone visit.”

“A vivid and endearing picture of Iran’s people.”
Independent on Sunday

“As a writer, Wearing is all luscious texture and running narrative. She is the companion on the bus with the endless supply of traveller’s tales, each one tripping into the next. And like most raconteurs, she has embroidered the fabric of her reportage to ‘lend artistry to a scene,’ and to paint portraits that are true in spirit.”
The Globe and Mail



Knopf Canada, 2000

Picador US, 2000

Macmillan UK, 2000

Gotica, Portugal, 2001

Byblos, The Netherlands, 2001

Ediciones B, Spain, 2002

Deutsches Taschenbuch Verlag, Germany, 2004

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