The year is 1949: Great Britain, victorious but bankrupt after WWII, attempts to reassert itself as an Imperial power by its military presence in the Suez Canal zone. Egypt's struggle against its British occupiers has some implicit truths to tell about the recent invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan. When Israel declares its statehood and drives out the Arab population, Joe, an RAF sergeant, his wife Ailsa and daughter Nia leave Wales for Egypt.

Joe is the everyday working man, in whom racism and misogyny become a sickness. Alisa, an independent, free thinking woman, yearns to explore her new homeland of Egypt. It's here that she meets the exotic Mona, who opens Ailsa's eyes to what lies beyond the horizon. In a world of terrorism and political struggle, her friendship with Mona and an act of murder pitch the happily married couple into tragedy.

Nia, looking back in late middle age, follows in her parents' wake to sail the Suez Canal. On this journey Nia will face difficult life lessons about love and betrayal.

ISBN 978-1-906998-00-4
Price £11.99
Paperback 448 pages 216 x 138 mm
Published 08 March 2010

Stevie Davies’s Into Suez (Parthian, £11.99), which I’ve just finished, is a bold and gripping novel on an important subject, with a beautifully handled double time frame, and some of Davies’s best prose yet. She writes so well about childhood, landscape, class, British social attitudes and Arab realities. The careful research never intrudes and always rings true. Her characters are rounded in time, grounded in place. A very satisfying and moving book. Margaret Drabble, The Telegraph 15 July 2010

Davies writes with an intensity which is simultaneously disturbing and exhilarating; her prose has a marvellous lyricism whether she is describing the heat of Ismailia or the rain in Wales: Times Literary Supplement

Stevie Davies is one of our most consistent and continually undervalued writers whose unsentimental, quietly revelatory novels have cropped up on the Booker and Orange shortlists without ever quite converting to a major prize. Into Suez, her 11th novel, deserves to be the one that brings wider renown, as it presents the most fully realised fusion of her personal and political histories to date: Guardian Review

An astonishing piece of writing, and writing a review is going to be like scrawling “77 per cent, well done” at the bottom of a manuscript of A la recherche du temps perdu ... a rich, subtle, intricate novel, writing with a type of imaginative power that is capable of transporting the reader into a world that is at once very far away and still very close: Planet: the Welsh Internationalist

A harrowing tale of imperial brutality and forbidden love in the Suez Canal Zone during the run-up to Britain's ignominious expulsion from Egypt in 1956: Independent

A compelling human and political drama ... Beautifully observed characterisation and an engrossing plot make Into Suez a highly satisfying read: What’s On in Swansea?

A deeply felt novel that manages to combine in a masterly synthesis, political history and the way that it moulds and warps the lives of human beings: The Warwick Review

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At a time when politics feels like so much empty fizz this is a salutary read: a properly political novel, about human beings implicated in world events ... No small part of this book's success is its deft way with plotting - and I freely admit that, first time around, I put down my reviewer's pencil, and read, greedily, for answers.' Mary Ann Constantine, New Welsh Review

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