Fleeing retribution in Syria, a young Kurdish woman sets out to seek refuge in Europe. Pursued by her own fears, and with a young child at her side, she lives by her wits as she battles against prejudice and hatred and indifference, just to survive. Yet amongst it all, she finds friendship and humanity, too - though happiness is always fragile and easily broken.
She will fight to the end. For she is a mother. She is Zarrin
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Note: all author royalties are donated to Refugee Action - a UK-based charity that supports refugees.
David is a British-born geographer, environmental scientist, writer and poet.
After a career in academia in England, during which he published widely, he moved to New Zealand in 2009. He now lives in Mapua, near Nelson, where he devotes himself to creative writing, in the company of his wife and their two dogs.
His debut novel, The Direction of Our Fear, was published in September 2016, by New Zealand publishers, BMS Books Ltd . By the Tracks We Leave, written earlier, was recently reissued through KDP, and is available via Amazon.
The Claim, was published by UK publishers RedDoor Press in 2019. The book was long-listed for the Michael Gifkins Prize in 2018, and has been short-listed for the 2020 NZ Booklovers Award.
His latest book, Zarrin, was released by RedDoor Press in July 2022 (see panel, left).
Several of his poems have also been published, and have won prizes for poetry both internationally and in New Zealand. Reflections, a collection of poems and photographs compiled with photographer JF Robert, was published by The CopyPress in December 2020.
Links to more about David Briggs:
David on Facebook
David in the New Zealand Society of Authors
David's website for dog-walkers
David and geology
David's work on climate change
David on Researchgate
David on Amazon