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The House of Fortune

A story of Qatar

 

The House of Fortune

Qatar is now the richest nation on earth but in the 1920s the tiny desert country struggled to survive. Over half a century we follow the Al Bahr family, whose traditional ways must change in a world of colonial power, political turmoil and a new quest for oil. Destiny lies in the hands of one man who must adapt to western ways or lose everything.

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Empty House, Al Mafjar

A painting of the house where my fictional family lived in the 1920s. Al Mafjar, on the north east coast of Qatar, was once the home of pearling familes.

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Synopsis

On the remote far north east coast of Qatar a village awaits the return of its menfolk from long days of diving for pearls. It's the summer of 1928 and life is hard. Pearling is the only means of income and if the divers don't do well the villagers won't be able to survive. 

The Al Bahr family live in Al Mafjar and Al Khor. Some are fortunate, some are not. Lubna Al Bahr will have to marry soon but who will her parents choose for her? Despite the hardships, she is happy living a simple life with her mother, father and brother in the village but all this could soon end. 

Through the turmoil of war and political struggle in the Middle East 'The House of Fortune' follows the family through the decades, interchanging with events in Cairo, Kuwait and Qatar where, just as the colonial days appear to be over, oil be comes the focus of attention.

Now Qatar is the richest nation on earth but what was it like in the formative times of the 50s, 60s and early 70s as a national was created? The simple ways if the desert and the sea yield to the demand for development. The Al Bahr family try to change with the times and one particular house becomes the focus of daily life, but can those within its walls

adapt to the dramatic circumstances they face? 

 
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What readers say about The House of Fortune

'A timely read ...... I loved it"

'I understood Qatar so much more after reading this'

'The characters are delightful. I miss them now the book is finished.'

'I stumbled across this book and couldn't resist it.'

'An excellent read'

'A wonderfully crafted picture of the changes wrought when a Middle Eastern country is transformed by oil wealth'

'Great book. Excellent read. Buy it!'

 
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