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What Will Survive

(2007)
A novel by

 
 
The plight of Lebanon, just emerging in 1997 from a decade of civil war, is a fascinating historical backdrop to this novel that begins with the death of an Englishwoman, Aisha, in a landmine accident near the town of Nebatiyeh. The dead woman is identified as a minor celebrity, a fashion model with an Egyptian mother, and back in England reporters rush to the family's Somerset home to follow up rumors that link the death to Princess Diana's high-profile campaign for a ban on landmines. When a young feature writer is sent to Beirut to further pursue the story, she finds herself trapped behind the lines of a bloody conflict between Israeli troops and the Syrian-backed terrorist organization Hezbollah. Realizing that thousands of ordinary Lebanese are still trapped between these two enemies, she suddenly sees a much larger story, one in which Aisha is simply the victim of a disturbing new wave of violence that is barely mentioned in the British press. Writing her story, the reporter vows to see that justice is won for Aisha—and for Lebanon.

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"Beautifully written and very clever. I absolutely loved it." - P D James

"A literary espresso. Joan Smith's latest novel, tautly plotted and tightly written, will jump start your brain. Once I picked up this book, it wouldn't put me down again." - Kathy Lette


Used availability for Joan Smith (2)'s What Will Survive

Hardback Editions

June 2007 : UK Hardback
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Title: What Will Survive
Author(s): Joan Smith
ISBN: 1-905147-56-2 / 978-1-905147-56-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Arcadia Books
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Paperback Editions

June 2008 : UK Paperback
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Title: What Will Survive
Author(s): Joan Smith
ISBN: 1-905147-90-2 / 978-1-905147-90-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: ARCADIA BOOKS
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Audio Editions

July 2016 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: What Will Survive
Author(s): Joan Smith
ISBN: 1-5226-9687-3 / 978-1-5226-9687-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio
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May 2013 : USA Audio edition
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Title: What Will Survive
Author(s): Joan Smith
Publisher: Audible Studios
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May 2013 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: What Will Survive
Author(s): Joan Smith
Publisher: Audible Studios
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May 2013 : UK Audio edition
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Title: What Will Survive
Author(s): Joan Smith
Publisher: Audible Studios
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Kindle Editions

December 2011 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: What Will Survive
Author(s): Joan Smith
Publisher: Bloomsbury Reader
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