Ahdaf Soueif: 'There is so much at stake'
8 October 2013 Last updated at 15:03 BST
Egyptian author and political activist, Ahdaf Soueif told HARDtalk that it is "incredibly hard" to stay detached and write novels, when there is so much political turmoil in Egypt.
She also described the difficulty of being stuck in the middle of two "anti-revolutionary" forces in Egypt that are fighting against each other.
You can watch the full interview on BBC World News on Tuesday 8 October at 14:30 and 20:30 GMT and on the BBC News Channel at 00:30 on Wednesday 9 October.