Shrewsbury author reflects on his twenty-five years living and working in Saudi Arabia in fascinating new memoir

Shrewsbury author reflects on his twenty-five years living and working in Saudi Arabia in fascinating new memoir

Tales from the Desert: An Arabian memoir by author Stuart Crocker sees Stuart fondly relate his experiences of living in a country which, to all intents and purposes, remains closed to visitors. Working and living in that alien environment for a quarter of a century has given Stuart a deep insight into the history, politics, religion and culture of Arab society. The experiences related in his book show these elements and influences in a very personal way and allow the reader to gain a greater understanding of the region and its people.

Stuart explains, ‘I felt it important to make a record of my experiences and to share them with friends and family, people who also spent many years in that area and also for the wider audience to whom Saudi Arabia seems a largely strange and inhospitable place. My memoir reflects on some of my favourite things about Arab culture: the joy of family, children and the closeness of personal relationships.’

About the book

Tales from the Desert is the compelling, true story of a British expatriate who journeyed to Saudi Arabia as a young man to seek his fortune for a couple of years and ended up staying for twenty-five. The collection of real-life tales are amusing, mystifying, captivating and at times downright terrifying. Journeying to themystical deserts of Arabia in the 1970s, when the world economy revolved around the price of oil and the concept of Islamic fundamentalism was barely known, the author takes the reader through a joyride of experiences including the unfolding drama of the first Gulf War and a ‘too close for comfort’ view of theuprising during the Arab Spring.

About the author

Stuart Crocker was born in Yorkshire in 1952. Graduating fromuniversity in 1975, he began a career in England, but in 1979, looking for greater adventure, took up an opportunity to work in Saudi Arabia. He spent the remainder of his career within the oil industry and travelled extensively throughout the region. Now retired, his memoir reflects his intimate contact with the many aspects of Arab culture.

Tales from the Desert: An Arabian memoir by Stuart Crocker (RRP £9.99) was published by The Conrad Press  on 30 July 2021 and will be available to order from all good bookshops.  
For more information, editorial opportunities, interview requests or review copies of  Tales from the Desert: An Arabian memoir please contact Karla Harris [email protected]  or Zoe Verner [email protected]

 

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