In Search Of A Holy Land

A Muslim Memoir

by Lauren Booth

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In Search of A Holy Land is a perfectly timed memoir told with brisk honesty and sharp humour. Sweeping from the suburbs of North London to the olive groves of Palestine, it explores a life of excess-to-spirituality impacted by the struggle of a distant people. Paddling the celebrity shallows of the 1990's as Tony Blair's sister-in-law, Lauren Booth explored everything city life had on offer; appearing on reality TV shows and at the opening of a paper bag (if it meant freebies).

Yet, as a cautious Christian, she was drawn to the Holy Land too. Given the chance to visit Palestine, instead of finding the faith of her Catholic heritage, she became embroiled in the people's struggle, accidentally breaking a deadly siege by land and sea, playing handball with Hamas and witnessing daily acts of patience and courage which would change her forever. Above all In Search of A Holy Land is a witty personal odyssey calling the reader to consider the universal question; `what's this life thing all about?'


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Story Elements

Ratings Factors

Language: No profanity or censor words
Sexual Content: No sexual acts implied or described
Target Audience Age/Stage of Life: Working Age Adults
Violence: Death, but minimal violence


Geography: United Kingdom, Great Britain
Realism: A true story to the best of the author's knowledge
Setting Type: Wilderness/Desert/Other outdoors
Time Period: 2010 - 2019

Main Character

Age: Adult
Gender: Female
Race: Caucasian European
Religion: Muslim
Sexual Preference: Heterosexual

Styles & Themes

Humor: Moments of levity
Inspires Reader to Feel: Spiritual
Mysteries & Puzzles: None or only very minor mysteries
Pacing: Moves quickly
Physical Action: Frequent action, driven by threat to safety or life by antagonist(s)
Political/Social Commentary: Heavy use of social and political themes on a personal level
Romance: Minor romance, not a significant story driver
Genre Political
Political/Social Commentary:
  • Heavy use of social and political themes on a personal level
  • Geopolitical factors major theme at an international level
  • Story includes metaphors for social or political theme(s)
  • Story is intended as metaphor for social or political theme(s)


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About the author

Lauren Booth

Lauren Booth is a highly sought after writer, presenter and international speaker. In 2019, she performed her one-woman show ‘Accidentally Muslim’ at The Edinburgh Festival Fringe to great reviews. She currently runs executive media training for professionals. Her new podcast co hosted with Ust. Haleh Banani launches at the end of 2021. To subscribe to Lauren's newsletter or sign up for her training programmes go to