In the Iran of the Ayatollahs, he was a Jew, a writer, a doctor performing abortions, and eventually, reluctantly, a spy.
A wonderful story of courage, resorcefulness and resilience. As the reviewer points out, it is part of a growing body of refugee literature - stories that need to be told.
'This memoir by Sydney-based Iranian-Jewish doctor Kooshyar Karimi may well turn out to be my book of the year. It is an extraordinarily vivid evocation of what it was like to grow up as a secret Jew in the Iran of the Ayatollahs, a world Karimi likens to George Orwell's 1984, where informers are everywhere and almost everyone is forced to lead a double life.'