The Burden of the Desert



“This tense, thought-provoking and extraordinary book is an absolute must”

Daily Mail 

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The new edition of The Burden of the Desert, published by Short Books, is available now in all good bookshops 

Zoe Temple, a young British journalist who dreams of being a war correspondent… Lieutenant Rick Benes, an American officer trying to get his platoon home alive… Adel, an Iraqi, who wants revenge for the death of his father… Mahmoud, an Iraqi driver, in a secret love affair with a Christian woman… Nouri, an innocent man tortured in Abu Ghraib…

In occupied Baghdad, their lives will come together – in a world of violence and mistrust, where every decision can be fatal, and love is found in unexpected quarters. And when a shocking incident at an American checkpoint leaves three people dead, it sets in motion a series of events that will have far-reaching consequences for them all.

The Burden of the Desert is fast-paced and gripping, and asks questions that will linger long after the last page is turned.

Available now from Waterstones and Amazon and in all good bookshops

“Exciting and terrifying, wondrous and sobering” ★★★★★

ForeWord Reviews

“Rarely is something this informative also this exciting” ★★★★★


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  1. Good luck with the new edition. I hope it sell thousands.

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