Raised in a loving home in the Norfolk countryside, Katharine Quarmby’s family, from solid Yorkshire farming roots on the one side, and a mixture of Spanish and Serbian intellectuals and artists on the other, cared for her and raised her with devotion, whilst never concealing the fact that she was adopted. Katharine went to university and then onto a career in TV and the print media, but she never gave up the search for her Iranian naval birth father, who had so reluctantly given her up for adoption, and then sailed back to Iran, disappearing from view into one of the countries in today’s so-called ‘axis of evil’ as the Iranian Revolution took hold.
Katharine was told time and again by social workers that she would never find her birth father. But an encounter with a supportive
journalist put her on the right track and in 2006 she received the news she had wished for her entire life – her birth father was alive. A year later she visited him secretly in Iran. And then something wonderful happened. She found that she was not alone – that there were many other half Iranian love-children like her, yearning for contact with their military birth fathers, from whom they had been separated by the Iranian Revolution. This book is their story.
Katharine Quarmby is an award-winning writer, editor and journalist with extensive knowledge of writing and editing across multiple formats. She recently launched a new investigative journalism unit at the human rights organisation Liberty, following working as engagement lead at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, after having been full-time production and digital editor till September 2018. She was a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at the London School of Economics (2015-2017), was a contributing writer for Mosaic Science magazine and has worked as a Britain correspondent at the Economist,...
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