A story of growing up in the midst of a large family in Basra and Baghdad in the first half of the 20th Century. Ornate houses and furnishings, sumptuous family feasts, arranged marriages, squabbles and love affairs; all are remembered in loving detail. Then to the American University in Beirut, where the author graduated as a Bachelor of Arts. In 1949 she came to Melbourne to marry a man she had never met. Continuing her studies at Melbourne University, she gained a Ph.D. in Biblical Antiquity. A fascinating book by a fascinating lady.