Drifts

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Pub Date 23 Feb 2023 | Archive Date 10 Jul 2023

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Natasha Burge was born and grew up in Saudi Arabia, where her family lived for more than half a century. As a child she realises that she is not from Saudi Arabia and, like most foreigners, she would one day have to leave. Through various departures and returns - a year at boarding school in New England, university in London, a small town in Texas where there are more cows than people, back to work in Bahrain - the years of difficulty, isolation and severe anxiety take their toll. Finally, at thirty-seven years old she receives the life-changing news that she is autistic.

In Drifts, Burge probes her unfurling awareness by exploring the two ruptured strands of her being: what it means to grow up at the interstices of different cultures, and what it is to experience an undiagnosed condition and late diagnosis of autism. From the cosmopolitan heritage of Muharraq's Pearling Path to the jebels of Saudi Arabia's Eastern Province, she charts a new understanding of stories about the Arabian Gulf and the myths surrounding autism.

The result is a work of dazzling insight, sensitivity and awareness that explodes our idea of memoir and of place.

Natasha Burge was born and grew up in Saudi Arabia, where her family lived for more than half a century. As a child she realises that she is not from Saudi Arabia and, like most foreigners, she would...


Advance Praise

‘Surreal, vivid, haunting, mischievous, visionary’ -- Lauren Elkin

‘Surreal, vivid, haunting, mischievous, visionary’ -- Lauren Elkin


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ISBN 9781804440100
PRICE £11.99 (GBP)

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