compelling memoir of a unique childhood and a fairytale gone wrong
Amid the tumults of a family that reflected the flux of Iranian politics in the 70s, Ashley Dartnell writes her true tale of an astonishing childhood with flair and feeling. A rich and intensely addictive read which teems with the odd particulars that come from real experience - Farangi Girl is an unforgettable book
If there is one book I am glad I read this year - this would have to be it. Beautifully written, full of amazing characters - all the more fascinating for being real - this is the memoir of a woman who has led an extraordinary life... excellent reading
Engaging . . . a gifted raconteur . . . she weaves an astonishing narrative that keeps us speculating, How on earth will this end?
Farangi Girl is a remarkable memoir, an extraordinary story, brilliantly told. . . . intense as any page-turning novel. Right to the last page the reader wonders, what next? All of this is set against a background of seismic historic events in Iran. Compelling.
a moving account
Crazy, colourful, shocking, compelling. You'll read it straight through once you start.
a vivid, gripping memoir of childhood in little-known pre-revolutionary Iran
Ashley Dartnell's memoir evokes 1960s Iran in all its beauty and turmoil and conjures a wilful, passionate, fascinating woman in its depiction of her mother. This is a vivid, compelling story woven from both politics and desire
captures the violence of Iran's 1979 revolution - along with finer details, such as the taste of barbari bread with butter and honey, and the exaggerated politeness ta'arof, which drives Persian social life . . . her late American mother Genie looms largest, a potently glamorous woman in the Elizabeth Taylor mould
This memoir is both a fascinating and heartbreaking insight into a childhood interrupted . . . gripping
Fascinating . . . a desperate quest for sanctuary and redemption which, in the end, discovers solace in the most unexpected of places