A novel

A Stranger
in Baghdad

About Elizabeth Loudon

I grew up in Oxfordshire, then spent a year travelling in Iraq and Lebanon before studying English at Cambridge, after which I moved to the US. I earned an MFA in Fiction at the University of Massachusetts and stayed in New England for 25 years, teaching English and working as a fundraiser and charity development consultant.

Along the way I published fiction and memoir in the Denver Quarterly, INTRO, North American Review, and the Gettysburg Review, and was awarded a Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship for Fiction. A Stranger in Baghdad is my debut novel, and a tribute to the people I met long ago in Baghdad. It was longlisted for the Bridport Novel Award and won the Stroud Book Festival Fiction Award.

I now live in Gloucestershire and am working on a second novel and writing poetry, some of which you can read on this website.

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About the novel

Summoning up the vanished world of mid-twentieth-century Baghdad, Elizabeth Loudon's richly evocative story of one family calls into question British attitudes and policies in Iraq and offers up a penetrating reflection on cross-cultural marriage and the lives of women caught between different worlds.


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