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Holidays for Heroes - A Beginner's Guide to Acting English - ends 18/10/10


Book Reviewer
A slight change of subject matter for this week's third book auction.

A Beginner's Guide to Acting English is written by Shappi Koorsandi, child of Iranian immigrants. The book is a paperback, and is signed with the dedication 'Andy'. I'm not sure whether she has a section on running charity auctions, or blagging autographs from authors at the Edinburgh Festival (for which you may have to be a Scot, anyway).

The auction ends at 1800 on 18th October, includes the cost of postage to the winner, and is raising money for Holidays for Heroes.
"written with an admirable lightness of touch and a novelist's eye for comic detail" --Stephanie Merritt, The Observer
"Charming and funny, I loved reading it." Jonathan Ross --Jonathan Ross
"filled with laughter, wonder and compassion...It plunges us into the vibrant heart of a loud, loving Iranian family and vividly recreates the experience of being a child torn between vastly different cultures"

Product Description
The stand-up comic, Shappi Khorsandi, reflects back on her childhood immigration from Tehran to London after her journalist father sparked the ire of Ayatollah Khomeini, (forcing his family into hiding, with the help of M15).
She dwells on the nostalgia and alienation such political strife brings, through the prism of a child's mind, but perhaps more charmingly, describes bittersweet encounters with her excitingly unfamiliar adoptive nation, it's stodgy food and the peculiarities of the English language ("I spent the days being a 'poppet', a 'sweetheart' and a 'love'").
It is a touching memoir that captures the sadness of cultural transition, from the pain of forgetting Farsi and writing apologies to Khomeini to the joys of learning to speak, and live, the "Englisee" way.

Congratulation, rockape34 !!

For £12.50 the book is yours.

Thank you for supporting Hols4Heroes.

Same to everyone else who bid as well.
(And a BIG thanks to the kind ARRSEr who donated the item.

Please transfer the money to one of the following accounts:

Paypal: info@holidays4heroes.org

Bank: Holidays4heroes
Sort: 40-12-09
Acct: 41416081

IBAN: GB29MIDL40120941416081
Swift: MIDLGB2120G

If you send using PayPal:
For payment type, click personal, then GIFT, there will be no charges levied on Hols4Heroes this way !!!

And afterwards please PM Auld-Yin the address you want to have the book sent to.
Arrived this morning - Many thanks Auld-Yin.

I'm nor sure it'll teach me to be English, but I might pick up a few pointers to help me infiltrate the Sais ^~

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