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‘Sensuous and transporting… filled with the colours, tastes and fragrances of life in 17th century Isfahan. Amirrezvani clearly knows and loves the ways of old Iran, and brings them to life with the cadences of a skilled story-spinner’ Geraldine Brooks

THE BLOOD OF FLOWERS is a mesmerizing historical novel about a young Iranian woman whose destiny changes on the sudden death of her father. Forced to leave their village, the woman and her mother travel to the beautiful city of Isfahan, where they are taken in by an uncle, a wealthy carpet designer, and his unsympathetic wife. When an ill-considered action results in the heroine’s fall from grace, she is forced into an extraordinary secret marriage. Spirited and rebellious, she wants to be free to live a life her own choosing, if she can find a way.

‘The most wonderful book… Fascinating, totally original and utterly gripping’ Esther Freud

‘The prose… positively glows on the page, and the characterisation is similarly acute, notably of the wonderfully drawn heroine. As a journey into a society that will be alien to most readers, this is a remarkable achievement’ Barry Forshaw


'I've just read the most wonderful book by Anita Amirezzvani... it is fascinating, totally original and utterly gripping. It will remain one of my favourite books'
Esther Freud, <i>Independent on Sunday</i>
'Amirrezvani weaves her own experiences into the prose: giving a sense of the country.'
<i>Eastern Courier Messenger and City Messenger</i>, Australia
'This is a journey of the soul from enslavement to freedom through the creation of the narrators own story. It exudes a vibrancy of colour and sensuousness but also draws vividly the squalor of poverty.'
<i>Adelaide Advertiser</i>
'Sensuous and transporting...filled with the colours, tastes and fragrances of life in seventeenth-century Isfahan'
Geraldine Brooks
'Amirrezvani... infuses her heroine with lilting eloquence'
<i>Washington Post</i>
'Beautifully imagined... Simply a stunning debut'
<i>San Francisco Chronicle</i>
'Lushly written, sensual'
<i>Australian Women's Weekly</i>