Troubador Libya. A love lived, a life betrayed

Released: 28/11/2016

eISBN: 9781785896934

Format: eBook

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Libya. A love lived, a life betrayed



Libya. A love lived, a life betrayed follows the trajectory of Susan M. Sandover, who was lucky enough to have chosen an enlightened, forward-thinking Libyan career diplomat, Bashir, to spend her life with. 

They supported each other through the traumas, difficulties, and frankly terrifying experiences associated with the Gaddafi regime of US and NATO bombings, coups, a revolution and a blasphemy case but also enjoyed years of good times together. The resulting stories are partially his, partially hers and partially theirs. Sadly, before he found the time or a safe place to write down his experiences in the Libyan diplomatic corps and to denounce the Gaddafi regime, Bashir died. In spite of his family’s efforts to destroy their relationship and appropriate his land during his illness, he made sure Susan had a safe place to live. It was only when Susan was alone that she experienced the full force of Sharia inheritance law and its tenets as applied to widows: she was entitled to one quarter of his property, the balance going to his siblings, hence the subtitle of the book 9/36. 

Susan’s life was never dull with Bashir: at times, spine chilling, but always filled with love and happiness. Through all of these stories and many more, Susan displays her vast insider knowledge on Libya’s political, social and cultural history together with details on the final year of the Gaddafi regime. The remaining chapters comment on post-revolutionary Libya and the missed opportunities for reconciliation.

2018 has started with two charity book events one for Princess Alice Hospice and the other for Jersey Cheshire Homes with a total fund raising of £5,500 thrilled that the memoir can be a means of helping organisations that are close to my heart.
The year will continue with further book readings and a second visit to France. The book is becoming well read round the world with sales in North and South America, Japan, Philippines, Africa and Europe.
2020 has seen book sales continue as people read online due to Covid 19.

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Susan Sandover

Marrying a Libyan diplomat was the start of the adventure, little did I realize the complexity and intrigue I would live through for the next 33 years.

I am not a writer, but having lived through these times I decided to share my experiences and perspective on this period of Libyan history.

Susan M. Sandover

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