No one could accuse author Diana Darke of leading a boring life. Born to German parents in rural Wales, Diana studied Arabic at Oxford and spent many years living and working in the Middle East in a variety of government jobs. Writing about her travels started out as a hobby but rapidly became a career as, in the last 25 years, Diana has written no less than seventeen books on Turkey and the Middle East.
In 2005, Diana bought an 18th century courtyard house in the Old Walled City of Damascus, and spent the next three years restoring it – an experience that led her back to academia and the study of Islamic Architecture.
This beautiful house in Damascus is the focus of her latest book, as well as the history of the current conflict in Syria told from a personal perspective. The richness and diversity of Syrian society is explored, bringing a much needed human context to the subject.
As part of the Paddington Book Festival, Diana will be giving an illustrated talk on her book My House in Damascus: An Inside View of the Syrian Revolution this evening at Maida Vale Library. For all forthcoming Paddington Book Festival and other events, please take a look at our News & Events page.