Paul William Roberts, winner of the inaugural PEN Canada/Paul Kidd Courage Award 2005, was born in Wales and now lives in Toronto. He is a writer, producer and filmmaker and a scholar of Jewish and Arabic history and religions. His books include The Demonic Comedy, Empire of the Soul, River in the Desert (also Tauris Parke Paperbacks) and A War Against Truth. Paul William Roberts writes for Harpers, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, The Times Literary Supplement, Washington Post, New York Times and The Jordan Times. The Montreal Mirror once called him 'a genuine hero of journalism, and one of the few truly wise men on the beat.'
Sunday Telegraph, 10 September 2006 (including small extract) 'His writing is both scholarly and at times very funny...combines the Magi's stories with a compelling picture of modern Iran...as he makes his remarkable journey.' - Clover Stroud GEOGRAPHICAL, November 2006. '..learned, informative, enquiring- and seriously, seriously funny' -Mick Herron. CNN TRAVELER 'The book is full of observation, beginning with a flight from Frankfurt to Tehran, when passengers emerge as different people to those that originally climb aboard.'NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC TRAVELERCaptivating scholarship and hilarious travel writing are seamlessly integrated in Roberts's account of his passage across Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Jordan... his experiences prompt thoughtful explorations into the history and geopolitical climate of these Biblical lands.