Another book by a Western chap recounting experiences and encounters from his time living in a muslim country – this time Christopher de Bellaigue in Iran. It’s a less engaging read than On the Road to Kandahar, but Christopher de Bellaigue still provides interesting insights into the day to day lives of a range of Iranians he has met.
Published in 2004, the book felt a little bit dated now. That said, it would have been good to read before my trip to Iran last year as the book provides easily digestible background on key figures such as Imam Husain, and 20th century events, ranging from the Russian and British influence, to the Islamic Revolution, to the Iran-Iraq war.
Amazon.co.uk: In the Rose Garden of the Martyrs: A Memoir of Iran – Christopher de Bellaigue