This is a memoir of Ghada Karmi's life: her childhood in Palestine, the flight to Britain after the catastrophe of 1948 and coming-of-age in the coffee bars of Golders Green, the middle-class Jewish quarter in North London. With humour, she describes the bizarre and sometimes tense realities that mask her life in "Little Tel Aviv" and, later, the struggle for her, as for many other women in the late 1950s, to get a university grant to study medicine. The book is set against the backdrop of the continuing crisis in the Middle East. As Karmi grew older, and especially after the 1967 war, memories of the lost homeland in Palestine began to haunt her and her anger grew at what she perceived as the self-deception that justified the action of the Israeli government. This book reflects her experiences of displacement, loss and nostalgia for a vanished past, arguing that the only crime the Palestinians committed was to be born in Palestine.
Ghada Karmi was born in Jerusalem and trained as a doctor of medicine at Bristol University. She established the first British Palestinian medical charity in 1972 and was Associate Fellow at the Royal Institute of International Affairs. Her previous books include The Ethnic Health Factfile and Jerusalem Today