Unsafe Haven
Nada Awar Jarrar, Read by Nathalie Armin

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Narrated By: Nathalie Armin

Duration: 5 hours and 51 minutes

What to expect

'Captivating …There's a breadth of humanity in An Unsafe Haven which is very moving. I loved the sense of Lebanon and of what is unique and precious about the Arab world' Helen Dunmore

Hannah has deep roots in her hometown of Beirut, where she lives with her American husband, Peter. Just when they thought they had gotten used to the upheavals in Lebanon, the war in neighbouring Syria enters its fifth year, and the region’s increasingly fragile state throws their daily lives into chaos.

A chance meeting with a Syrian woman and her son in a busy street forces Hannah to face the worsening refugee crisis. As the couple work to reunite Fatima with her family, they must question the very future of their homeland.

And when their close friend Anas, an artist, arrives to open his exhibition, shocking news from his home in Damascus raises uncomfortable questions about his loyalty to his family and his country.


Modern & contemporary fiction

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Praise for An Unsafe Haven:

'The carefully chosen title is a beautiful summary capturing the complexity, the strain and ultimately the instinct of how we identify with home, place and belonging. The publishers are certainly right to be proud of this elegant and relevant literary contribution.' Litro

‘Brings home the reality of humanity caught in the crossfire of war’ Independent

‘Each character is portrayed in wonderfully vivid and intricate detail … an absolute triumph for Jarrar, who is able to depict the story in a way few other writers could. Bold, tender and personal – this is a must-read’ Scotsman

Praise for Somewhere, Home:

'A picture of lyrical simplicity … her style is subtle and leaves the reader with an urge to find out more about the places and people she has created' Observer

Praise for A Good Land:

‘It’s an intense encounter with a mysterious and complicated place. Jarrar’s movement between tenses and time zones serves to convince the reader that past and present cannot be separated…’ Time Out

Praise for Dreams of Water:

‘The beauty of this novel lies in its images which are vivid and strange, sometimes even fantastical…There is comfort in reading about characters, all of whom are withdrawn and inhibited, yet who are shown as capable of great tenderness’
Times Literary Supplement

‘A slow-burning, powerful story of loss and grief’
Good Housekeeping

'Twenty years ago, when civil war broke out in Lebanon, Nada Awar Jarrar was forced to flee with her family. Her novel Dreams of Water recasts this experience in a tale about a family whose son goes missing in war-ravaged Beirut'