Zena el Khalil was born in London of Lebanese parents and grew up in Nigeria. At 18 she decided to move to Beirut and in her first novel she recounts what life was like for her as a 20-something artist, environmental activist and blogger under the constant threat of war. During the July 2006 attacks on Lebanon she began writing a blog describing the daily Israeli bombardments, which received international acclaim. She joins Jane to discuss her continuing love of the city of Beirut.
'Beirut, I Love You: A memoir' by Zena el Khalil is published by Saqi Books, ISBN-13: 978-0863564154
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