Baghdad Burning Volume 2

Much anticipated follow up to Baghdad Burning, which was

+ Longlisted for the BBC Four Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-fiction 2006

+ Shortlisted for the Index on Censorship Award 2006

+ Awarded third prize in the Lettre Ulysses Prize for Reportage 2005

In Volume 2 of this riveting weblog, a remarkable young Iraqi woman gives a human face to war and occupation in Iraq. From November 2004 up to June 2006

Since the 24th of September, 2003, twenty-five year old anonymous blogger 'Riverbend' has provided the world with an up-to-the-minute report on life in Iraq, from the viewpoint of someone who is there. In this hard-hitting journal, she describes on a day-to-day basis the realities of life in post-war Iraq, which for her family and neighbours means regular power-cuts, bombings, kidnappings and night-time raids by US soldiers. Including diary entries covering the release of the torture pictures of Abu Ghraib and Bush's State of the Union Speech as well as a more critical analysis of key players during the war and in its aftermath, Baghdad Burning offers a highly personal narrative on life since the US occupation , as Iraq descends into civil war and Riverbend begins to feel more threatened by the Iraqi Secret Service than the coalition troops.

With thousands of loyal readers worldwide, the Riverbend blog is recognized around the world as a crucial source of information not available through the mainstream media.

'Love and hate in Baghdad...the extraordinary blog of a young Iraqi woman who lays bare her life in occupied Iraq.' The Sunday Times

'Opens the window on a society obscured by media reports of the war.' The Independent

To read an extract of this title click here

Riverbend was educated at Baghdad University and worked for a large computer company in Baghdad before the war. She continues to update her journal, found at She prefers to remain anonymous.

Original paperback, 310 pp
ISBN: 0-7145-3133-2
Pub date: Sept 25th 2006

Price: £7.99