The Real Abu Dhabi

What is the richest city in the world really like? British writer Jo Tatchell moved to Abu Dhabi with her family in the early ’70’s, when it was just a “disheveled, dusty place.” In her new book, A Diamond in the Desert, she writes about her return to the now very different place, as she describes on NPR’s Morning Edition today.

In reviewing the book, Publishers Weekly called it a “glittering travelogue” and said, “Tatchell’s keen powers of observation and personal connections enable her to convey the hidden reality of this mirage-like city.” Kirkus agreed on that point, but wished she had been more forthcoming about her own family truths.

A Diamond in the Desert: Behind the Scenes in Abu Dhabi, the World’s Richest City
Jo Tatchell
Retail Price: $14.95
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Grove Press, Black Cat – (2010-10-05)
ISBN / EAN: 080217079X / 9780802170798

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