What Will Survive

By Joan Smith

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Lebanon makes the British headlines when an Englishwoman dies in a landmine explosion near the town of Nabatiyeh. The dead woman is Aisha, a former model with an Egyptian mother, visiting the Middle East for the first time. Reporters descend on her Somerset home, linking her death with Princess Diana's high profile campaign for a ban on landmines.

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July 1997: Lebanon makes the British headlines when an Englishwoman dies in a landmine explosion near the town of Nabatiyeh. The dead woman is Aisha, a former model with an Egyptian mother, visiting the Middle East for the first time. Reporters descend on her Somerset home, linking her death with Princess Diana's high profile campaign for a ban on landmines. Amanda, a young features writer, is sent to Beirut to write a human interest story about Aisha's death. There she finds a city only just recovering from more than a decade of civil war. Lebanon is still occupied by Israel in the south, prompting a bloody conflict with Hezbollah, and she realises that thousands of ordinary Lebanese are trapped between two ruthless enemies. She begins to suspect that Aisha may have been another victim of this forgotten war. But with a wayward princess and charismatic new prime minister making headlines at home, how can she make sure that justice is done for Aisha - and for Lebanon?

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Format Multiple Formats
Imprint Arcadia Books
Publication Date 28 Jun 2007
SKU 9781905147564-grouped
Number of Pages 256

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'Beautifully written and very clever. I absolutely loved it' - PD James'A literary espresso. Joan Smith's latest novel, tautly plotted and tightly written, will jump start your brain. A wise, witty, gritty book, but also laced with compassion. Once I picked up this book, it wouldn't put me down again' - Kathy Lette'Almost a political thriller (with) a dash of chick lit, a sprinkling of sleuthing and a hint of literary highbrow. The action rolls along at a fine pace and there is a good dose of glamour, too.'- Lucy Atkins, The Sunday Times'A literary espresso. Joan Smith's latest novel, tautly plotted and tightly written, will jump start your brain. Once I picked up this book, it wouldn't put me down again' - Kathy Lette'An intriguing weave of thriller, polemic and satire, with a good dollop of soap thrown in. Smith eavesdrops in newsrooms and strolls around the corridors of power like a left-leaning Anthony Trollope' - The Times'Smith has won more attention for her sharp non-fiction and journalism than for her five works of crime fiction. This new novel is set in 1997 in Lebanon, where a young journalist is investigating the death of an Englishwoman' - Nicholas Clee, the Bookseller

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