Drama cap­tured

Novel’s fo­cus on Iraq

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A dra­matic story about an Assyr­ian fam­ily es­cap­ing from Sad­dam Hus­sein’s Iraq is the lat­est book from Es­ca­la­tor Press, the Whi­tireia Cre­ative Writ­ing Pro­gramme’s new pub­lish­ing company.

Run Thomas Run is by North­land writer Kate Carty, who stud­ied at Whi­tireia.

The book tracks the Odishu fam­ily, caught up in the ter­ror of the Sad­dam regime, es­cap­ing to Eng­land and deal­ing with the chal­lenges of life there.

De­scribed as a ‘‘page-turn­ing thriller’’, it also of­fers an in­sight into the lives of one group of peo­ple in Iraq’s re­cent his­tory.

Carty said the novel was in­spired by her own ex­pe­ri­ence as the wife of an Assyr­ian Iraqi refugee.

‘‘I met three Assyr­ian Iraqis in a youth hos­tel in Turkey in 1990, two brothers and a sis­ter, who had fled Sad­dam Hus­sein’s regime fol­low­ing yet another war,’’ she said.

‘‘I later mar­ried one brother, Ashor, and be­came im­mersed in the lives of Assyr­i­ans: peacelov­ing Chris­tians who had man­aged to re­tain their re­li­gion and cul­ture over many cen­turies de­spite be­ing a tiny mi­nor­ity in a Mus­lim-dom­i­nated coun­try.’’

There is a strong Assyr­ian Christian com­mu­nity in the Wellington re­gion.

The novel was launched this month by for­mer Gover­norGen­eral Sir Anand Satyanand.

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