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I am British, born and raised in the Midlands at a time when it was a centre of industry, pottery, coal and steel, but for most of my adult life I have lived in Egypt. My husband is Egyptian and I have lived on a farm in the Nile delta, in an apartment overlooking the pyramids of Giza and now we are situated on the edge of the Sahara Desert. Since 1980, when I first came here, we have seen the assassination of President Sadat, riots, earthquakes, bombs, revolution, and now a new president—those are the things that reach the news but nothing is ever simple in here Egypt and as soon as you step out of the house you are whammed by interesting, comical, and sometimes tragic incidents. Perhaps that is why people love or hate living here to an extreme degree; whatever else it is, life in Egypt is never mundane.

In the past I have raised poultry, taught all ages at all levels, copy edited and written reports for WHO on various health and social issues and recently published a children’s book, Soaring Dragons, on kindle.

Now I am a stay at home grandmother enjoying the freedom of writing what I want, when I want.