BOOK LAUNCH: A Lover’s Country
Melissa Parke will launch A Lover’s Country, the new novel by Stuart Rees at the Orient on May 18, 6.30pm.
Told with a compelling immediacy, A Lover’s Country sheds light on the intrigue, struggle and behind-the-scenes wrangling associated with the nomination of a Palestinian woman as the recipient of a major peace prize. With a cast of memorable characters, a tightly crafted plot and touches of memorable poetry, A Lover’s Country is an illuminating tale of justice with a hard won message of hope. The title of the novel is taken from the Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish who wrote about the plight of his people, but imagined that one day, even from stone, a lover’s country could be built.
Professor Emeritus Stuart Rees has been a social worker in Britain, in Canada, in the War on Poverty programs in the USA and with Save the Children in India and Sri Lanka. He has taught at leading universities in the UK (Aberdeen and Southampton), in Canada (Toronto and Wilfrid Laurier) and in the USA (University of California at Berkeley, University of Texas).
Professor Rees’ awards include a Simon Fellowship at the University of Manchester, a Humanities Fellowship at the City University of Hong Kong and the Award of Highest Honour for ‘Contributions to World Peace’ conferred in 1998 by Soka University, Japan. For four years he was an elected Fellow of the Senate of the University of Sydney and for six years a member of the NSW Reconciliation Committee.
In 2005 he was awarded the Order of Australia for services to international relations.
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