A wedding, a poem, a shortcut home – what happens next will shake Thomas Odishu, wife Esther and children Ramina and George to the core. For this is Iraq in 1991 and there are no such things as coincidences. Informants are everywhere and once you’ve had a run-in with Saddam’s regime, your only chance of survival is escape. But no matter how hard you run, the past is always there, right behind you.
Set in Iraq and England over three decades, Run Thomas Run is the gripping story of a father’s contorted love, a daughter’s coming of age, guilt, redemption and a child’s promise made forty years earlier that should never have been kept.
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Media for Run Thomas Run
“A well-observed portrait of an immigrant family’s struggle to build a future without erasing the past … A good read.”
– The Listener
“The way this book deals with its subject matter makes it an extremely compelling read.”
– New Zealand Books
New Zealand Books Review (Autumn 2015)
NZ Lit 101 Review (Mar 2015)
New Zealand Listener Review (Jan 2015)
Standing Room Only Radio NZ Interview (Dec 2014)
PlainsFM Radio Interview (Dec 2014)
Newswire Interview (Nov 2014)
The Booksellers New Zealand Blog Review (Nov 2014)
BookieMonster Review (Nov 2014)
Independent Herald Interview (Oct 2014)
Beatties Book Blog Posting (Oct 2014)