Authors' Club Lunch with Azadeh Moaveni

February 20, 2020 - 12:30 pm
National Liberal Club, 1 Whitehall Place, London

‘A master class in illustrating the big picture through small stories…’ – Anne Barnard, New York Times Book Review

For our lunch this month we are honoured to welcome the distinguished commentator on the Middle East, gender and culture Azadeh Moaveni, who will discuss her latest book, Guest House for Young Widows, which was published by Random House in September.

In 2014, the Islamic State clinched its control of Raqqa in Syria. Baghdadi, the leader of ISIS, urged Muslims around the world to come join the caliphate. Among the young women who responded were Emma, from Germany; Sharmeena from Bethnal Green; and Nour from Tunis. These were women – some still in high school – from urban families, some with university degrees and bookshelves filled with novels by Jane Austen and Dan Brown, many with cosmopolitan dreams of travel and adventure. But instead of finding a land of justice and piety, they found themselves trapped within the most brutal terrorist regime of the 21st-century.

Azadeh Moaveni is a journalist, writer and academic who has covered the Middle East for nearly two decades. She is the author of one of the defining books on Iranian youth culture, Lipstick Jihad, the memoir Honeymoon in Tehran, and co-author, with the Nobel Laureate Shirin Ebadi, of Iran Awakening. Azadeh is a lecturer in journalism at New York University, London, and her work often appears in the Financial Times, The Guardian and The New York Times, among others.

The charge for the two-course lunch (starter, main course, coffee and chocolates) and a glass of club wine is £33 per person. To book, phone 020 7930 9871 or email Payment can be made by cheque, bank transfer or debit card. Please book by 5pm on Friday, 14 February.