A beginners guide to acting English
by Shappi Khorsandi
Shappi Khorsandi was born in 1973 in Tehran and moved to London with her family in 1976 who were exiled after the revolution of 1979. A stand-up comedian, she has performed all over the world, including her appearance in the popular British show 'Have I got news for you?'
When you're young, just growing up seems hard enough. But if you've been shipped to a new country and you don't speak a word of the language, it's even harder. And if the Ayatollah wants you and your family dead, then that's when it gets really tricky. It sounds like a cracking plot for a novel, but this is the tale of Shappi Khorsandi's real life!
The turmoil in Iran doesn't affect her young life, as - like any child she's more concerned about fitting in at school than anything else, which isn't always easy when your parents are sticking to their Middle Eastern ways.
Despite the horrors in Iran and the terror of being on the wanted list in England, this book is light-hearted and positive, a touching memoir that captures the sadness of cultural transition.