Price  £12.99
Format  Paperback
Published  18 February 2010
Length  560 pages
ISBN  9781905559183
ISBN  9781905559268 (ebook)

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The Dove Flyer
Eli Amir 

Translated from Hebrew by Yael Lotan                   

The anguish of losing you homeland... A masterpiece of story telling

When his Uncle Hizkel is arrested, Kabi and his family face an uncertain future as do all Jews living in Baghdad. It is 1950 and each member of Kabi’s circle has a different dream: his mother wants to return to the Moslem quarter where she felt safer; his father wants to emigrate to Israel and grow rice there; Salim, his headmaster, wants Arabs and Jews to be equal, and Abu Edouard just wants to care for his beloved doves.


The Dove Flyer has also been dramatised as a feature length film directed by Nissim Dayan. Watch the trailer here.

About Eli Amir

Eli Amir was born in Baghdad in 1937 and, with most of the Iraqi-Jewish community, left for Israel in 1950.  His earlier novel The Dove Flyer was published in English in 2010 and was shortlisted for The Jewish Quarterly/Wingate Prize 2011.
A social activist, as well as a prize-winning author, Eli Amir said in Cairo on the Arabic publication of Yasmine: “How can there be peace without us knowing each other?”

Eli Amir recently appeared on Israel Story's Podcast 'On the Outs'.

Latest News

February 2014

Left on the Shelf blog reviews The Dove Flyer:

'It is not often that reading a novel becomes a tactile experience... an evocative and sensitive read.'

April 2011

The Dove Flyer is now on the shortlist for the JQ Wingate prize - see the shortlist here

March 2011

The Dove Flyer has been longlisted for the JQ Wingate Prize.

July 2010

As part of Refugee Week 2010, Eli Amir talked about his book and his experiences as an exile at an event in Waterstones bookshop in Islington. After the event, Andrea Rangecroft interviewed Eli Amir for Refugee Week Radio.

June 2010

Eli Amir speaks at
World Literature Weekend 2010, Saturday 19 June

March 2010

Read the Jewish Chronicle interview with Eli Amir; the 'Iraqi voice that is increasing in volume'