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Laura's Year-bookcover

By: Lesley Southgate

Laura's Year

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In January 1976, it is an excited, but nervous family of four who board a Jumbo jet, to leave England to begin a new life in a small town, on the Persian Gulf in Iran.

Adrian, an ex-Royal Naval Officer, thought this new job in Iran would be a chance to earn big money, and although neither parent had wanted to disrupt their children’s education, they thought it was worth the risk, giving them both valuable life experiences, and a chance to see ‘something of the world.’

Once settled in their new home, with the children happily enrolled in an excellent international school, they immediately made friends with like-minded ex-pats, and got involved in an active and well-established social scene, with parties and functions most weekends, and daily trips to their ‘club’ in town, which housed a bar, and swimming pool.

Caroline and Alex, having made friends at school, as well as with some local children, who lived in mud huts, in the desert at the end of their road, also seemed happy with their lot, but Laura becomes pregnant, which threatens to disrupt their idyllic lives, and events that followed, appear to have changed Laura’s, once devoted and loving husband’s feelings towards her.

But, had Laura changed? And that was why her previously, caring husband didn’t fancy her anymore.

How was she to get their relationship back on track, when there were so many exciting distractions and choices which held his attention, which didn’t include her?


The author is married and the mother of three children, who was brought up and lives on the Isle-of-Sheppey, in Kent.

Much of her working life was as a secretary in a local Pharmaceutical Company but unable to say ‘No’ to an adventure has led to her and her family living in various parts of the world.

She spent three years living in Iran in the 1970s, and loved the country, hence the book.

In the early 2000s she trekked the Inca Trail in Peru, on two different occasions, followed by a ten-day trek in Nepal walking the Annapurna range in the Himalayas.

She enjoys walking and keeping fit.

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