Lipika Pelham The Unlikely Settler
Chair: Rachel Cooke
Lipika Pelham’s childhood in Bengal was haunted by political and physical divisions. Later in life, she experienced similar divisions in Jerusalem, where she lived with her English Jewish husband. In The Unlikely Settler she tells of everyday life in a society where sides are taken at every turn, and writes about married life affected by the reality of the Israel-Palestine conflict.
In the tradition of classic memoirs such as Alexandra Fuller's Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight, this is a book that takes you deep into the heart of a place and a person. As Pelham lays bare the emotions and fallibilities of her life over eight years spent in Jerusalem, she explores the conflict in the Middle East with inspiring subtlety and understanding.
Bengal-born Lipika Pelham is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and journalist. She previously reported for the BBC from the Indian Sub-Continent, South-East Asia, North Africa and the Middle East and has been South Asia editor for the BBC World Service. Over the past 20 years Lipika has lived in Rabat, Amman and Jerusalem. She currently divides her time between London and Jerusalem.
Rachel Cooke is an award-winning journalist. She writes for the Observer, and is the television critic of the New Statesman. Her recent book, Her Brilliant Career: Ten Extraordinary Women of the Fifties, is published by Virago.
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