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Born a farangi (foreign) girl in 1960s Tehran to an American beauty and a handsome English father, Ashley Dartnell's life had all the ingredients of a fairy tale. This stunning memoir tells how it all went wrong: from servants and parties to betrayals and bankruptcy.
Ashley Dartnell was born in 1960s Tehran to an American mother and an English father. Educated in Tehran, she later graduated from Bryn Mawr and earned her MBA from Harvard Business School. This is her first book. Ashley lives in London with her husband and three children.
'a moving account' * Times Literary Supplement * Farangi Girl is a remarkable memoir, an extraordinary story, brilliantly told. . . . intense as any page-turning novel. Right to the last page the reader wonders, what next? All of this is set against a background of seismic historic events in Iran. Compelling. * Pam Johnson * 'Engaging . . . a gifted raconteur . . . she weaves an astonishing narrative that keeps us speculating, How on earth will this end?' * The Lady * 'If there is one book I am glad I read this year - this would have to be it. Beautifully written, full of amazing characters - all the more fascinating for being real - this is the memoir of a woman who has led an extraordinary life... excellent reading.' * South Coast Register * 'Amid the tumults of a family that reflected the flux of Iranian politics in the 70s, Ashley Dartnell writes her true tale of an astonishing childhood with flair and feeling. A rich and intensely addictive read which teems with the odd particulars that come from real experience - Farangi Girl is an unforgettable book.' * Martina Evans * 'compelling memoir of a unique childhood and a fairytale gone wrong.' * The Gloss, Irish Times * 'Fascinating . . . a desperate quest for sanctuary and redemption which, in the end, discovers solace in the most unexpected of places.' * The Herald * 'This memoir is both a fascinating and heartbreaking insight into a childhood interrupted . . . gripping.' * Cosmopolitan Australia - Book Club Choice * 'captures the violence of Iran's 1979 revolution - along with finer details, such as the taste of barbari bread with butter and honey, and the exaggerated politeness ta'arof, which drives Persian social life . . . her late American mother Genie looms largest, a potently glamorous woman in the Elizabeth Taylor mould.' * Harper's Bazaar * 'Ashley Dartnell's memoir evokes 1960s Iran in all its beauty and turmoil and conjures a wilful, passionate, fascinating woman in its depiction of her mother. This is a vivid, compelling story woven from both politics and desire.' * Maura Dooley, author of Life Under Water * 'a vivid, gripping memoir of childhood in little-known pre-revolutionary Iran.' * Maggie Gee, author of The White Family * 'Crazy, colourful, shocking, compelling. You'll read it straight through once you start.' * Susan Elderkin, author of Sunset over Chocolate Mountains and The Voices *