Novel’s focus on Iraq
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.