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Hilary Mantel, 1 October 1987

The Saudis: Inside the Desert Kingdom 
by Sandra Mackey.
Harrap, 433 pp., £12.95, August 1987, 0 245 54592 1
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Behind the Wall: A Journey through China 
by Colin Thubron.
Heinemann, 308 pp., £10.95, September 1987, 0 434 77988 1
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... bosom on view. As a matter of honour, arms, legs and faces must be covered up; so must facts. Sandra Mackey spent two periods in Saudi Arabia: 1978-80, and 1982-84. Her husband was on the staff of the King Faisal Specialist Hospital in Riyadh – the scene of VIP accouchements, and a discreet refuge for the odd royal alcoholic or drug addict. Riyadh ...

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