The Victoria Library
160 Buckingham Palace Road
London SW1W 9UD
(nearest tube: Victoria Station)
Date: Monday 30 June 2008
About the book:
Set in Saudi Arabia in 1989, The Consequences of Love is a story about the price of pursuing true love in one of the most repressive societies in the world. Naser is a 20 year-old Eritrean immigrant forced to live in Saudi Arabia because of the troubles in his homeland. Like most migrant workers, his every move is watched by the religious police and his every waking hour is punctuated by the shrill sermons of the blind cleric who runs the local mosque. But one day hope springs forth into this misery as a note drops into Naser's lap. It is that most sacrilegious of things, a note from a woman. 'I have been in love with you for a year, since the first time I saw you.' Against all the forces of his world – religion, police and state – Naser pursues true love knowing that detection will lead to the direst of consequences.
- Watch the author discuss the novel here.