This is an important book. A seamless literary tapestry that just happens to be true. Ramita Navai's collection of stories are uniquely Iranian yet they will move, chill and delight even a reader indifferent to Persia
Ramita Navai is a British-Iranian journalist and writer. For Channel 4's foreign affairs series, UNREPORTED WORLD she has reported from over twenty different countries, including Sudan, Afghanistan, Egypt, Nigeria, El Salvador and Zimbabwe. She was awarded an EMMY for her undercover report from Syria. She has also worked as a journalist for the United Nations in Pakistan, northern Iraq and Iran. While working as the Tehran correspondent for THE TIMES from 2003 to 2006, Ramita Navai began interviewing ordinary people about their lives, and she continued to collect these stories long after most foreign media had been banned from Iran. CITY OF LIES is her first book and won the ROYAL SOCIETY OF LITERATURE JERWOOD PRIZE FOR NON-FICTION and the DEBUT POLITICAL BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD.