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