My interests as a historian focus on the medieval world of the Middle East and Mediterranean regions and the interactions between East and West during this period. As a story teller, I am primarily interested in bringing forgotten narratives, particularly those of women, into the public eye.
I aim to combine literary sensitivity with rigorous historical research to offer my readers thoughtful and accurate glimpses of what life was like for people long dead, and explanations of key events that have shaped the world we live in today. It is my firm belief that by writing women back into the historical narrative, by giving them the credit they are due in our history books, we can change the future and inspire a new generation of women to seize all that life can offer them with both hands.
I was born and raised in London, and I have Lithuanian and Armenian roots. Currently, I divide my time between France and Lebanon. I hold MA degrees in literature and history from Oxford University and UCL. When I am not writing, I consult and write on Middle Eastern topics for various UN agencies.