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The Olive Readers

The Olive Readers

by Christine Aziz

Publisher Macmillan

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'I cannot recall the exact moment when I decided to become a Reader. This is unusual for me, as I am always precise about beginnings . . . Imagine a future without a past, a time without memory, a state in which nationality, ancestry, tradition, language, history have no place. Governing this world is a hyper-organised system of corporations, a network of companies, each responsible for a particular product, each with a workforce conditioned to one end. . . But somewhere, a clandestine group is operating to preserve the past . . . In the Olive producing region of Olea, The Readers are smuggling and storing books in a secret library hidden away in the house of Jephzat and her family. When her sister disappears under suspicious circumstances, and her parents are hastily re-located by the Company, Jephzat is ordered to remain in the house, unaware of the organisation operating from its hidden room. Alone and facing the suspicion and hostility of the villagers, she falls in love with Homer, an olive picker she once rescued from the hands of Company Commissioners and a long-time member of The Readers. As Homer introduces her to the library, and her hunger for knowledge grows, so do her questions, and soon she finds herself heavily and dangerously involved not only in the recovery and preservation of books, but in a secret plan that is set to endanger Jephzat herself and her beloved family.'

'An atmospheric novel' -- Bella

'Aziz has a wonderful imagination' -- Independent

'Aziz spins a carefully crafted tale...its hard to believe this beautifully written book is a first novel' -- South Wales Argus

'The Olive Readers quickly becomes a gripping tale that will have you turning its pages whenever time allows' -- Evening Telegraph (Peterborough)

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About the Author

Christine Aziz

Christine Aziz is a British writer living in Cairo, Egypt, who has also lived in Alexandria.


Her love affair with the city continues. She was a freelance journalist for many years before her first novel, The Olive Readers, won a major literary award in the UK. At present she is working on her second book based on her experiences in Alexandria shortly after the Revolution in 2011.


Before moving to Egypt she taught creative writing at the Arts University, Bournemouth, Dorset, and continues to write poetry, inspired by Egypt and, of course, her beloved Alexandria.

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