Orchards in the Oasis

 

Josceline Dimbleby

At the age of seven, tired and bewildered after a long journey from England to Syria via Lebanon, Josceline Dimbleby caught her first sight of Damascus from the mountain road.   In the extract she has chosen to read from her book of recipes, travels and memories, Orchards in the Oasis,  the magic of her first impressions of her new home are vividly recalled;  the deep red mulberry-stained water in the pool, the sun-warmed apricots, the scented pastries that awoke a lifelong passion for food and flavour.

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A Year in Chicken Soup - Hassan's Shakriya


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A Year in Chicken Soup

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A series by Hattie Garlick


HASSAN'S SHAKRIYA

 

Have you read Only in London, by Hanan Al Shaykh? There’s a passage in it that describes one of the main characters, freshly arrived in the UK, making a to-do list.

‘This is going to become my country’ she writes, ‘I’ve stopped living a temporary life’. And so, she must learn to speak English properly, look for a job and.... read on