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Princess Step­ping Out Of The Shad­ows By Jean Sas­son, Pen­guin Ran­dom House NZ, $40 .. .. .. .. .. ..

The lat­est in Jean Sas­son's se­ries of books about the life of the Saudi Ara­bian royal fam­ily cel­e­brates the grad­ual in­creases in the rights of Saudi women, but sounds a note of warn­ing about the con­tin­u­ing op­pres­sion for the ma­jor­ity of fe­males.

Yes, women are now al­lowed to drive cars, but they are still the prop­erty of their fa­thers, and then their hus­bands.

Sas­son lived in the Mid­dle East for many years and is well ac­quainted the civil rights is­sues and the high­hand­ed­ness of those with power. This book is timely re­lease, given the re­cent events re­gard­ing the Saudi Crown Prince.

He may be pro­mot­ing the mod­erni­sa­tion of his coun­try, but any­one sus­pected of dis­sent, male or fe­male, should watch their back.

— Lynda Stall­wor­thy

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