Far Cry From the Turquoise Room by Kate Rigby #Review




Told from both daughter and father’s perspectives, Far Cry From The Turquoise Room is a coming-of-age, riches-to-rags tale of loss, resilience, and self-discovery. It is also about the passage of childhood into puberty.

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by Kate Rigby



This book has a very powerful story line told by two characters. Hassan Nassiri, who is a very wealthy and successful Iranian property owner and his 10-year-old daughter Leila. They lived in a beautiful house surrounded by beautiful things and such sadness. When a terrible tragedy struck the family, life for them all, including Leila’s mum, changed.

Even before the tragedy there was one unhappy little girl who never felt quite good enough in the family unit and afterwards well things just seemed to get worse. It all became too much for her and she made a decision. The story follows Leila the choices she makes and the effect on her family, told through her father. This is a story that really pulled at all of my emotions. Leila was a broken little girl, with an innocence about her that seemed to make her even younger than her years at times.

Kate Rigby has brought to life some incredible characters in this story, particularly Hassan and Leila. Leila was such an open character from the beginning but Hassan was a closed entity that unravelled as the story unfolded. I hadn’t particularly liked this man to begin with but time and circumstances changed him. There were some pretty seedy people of all ages, children that were much older than their years. Street wise and cunning, a place wherem there was a price to be paid for everything.

I really became edgy the more I read into the book, as I have said it is a very powerful story, my favourite of Kate Rigby’s books so far. After I finished, it was difficult to clear my mind of Leila and her father. This is a beautifully written book that had me hold my breath at so many points.

I wish to thank Kate Rigby for a copy of this book which I have honestly reviewed.


Kate Rigby

I’ve been writing for nearly forty years. Good gracious, that long? I realized my unhip credentials were mounting so decided to write about it. Little Guide to Unhip was first published in 2010 and is now updated and republished.

However I’m not totally unhip. My punk novel, Fall Of The Flamingo Circus was published by Allison & Busby (1990) and by Villard (American hardback 1990). It’s now been re-kindled.

I received a Southern Arts bursary for my novel Where A Shadow Played (now Did You Whisper Back?)

Skrev Press published my novels Seaview Terrace (2003) Sucka! (2004) and Break Point (2006) and other shorter work has appeared in Skrev’s avant garde magazine Texts’ Bones including a version of my satirical novella Lost The Plot.

Thalidomide Kid was first published by Bewrite Books (2007)






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