It is as though Katherine Boland lived two separate lives, and those lives were poles apart. Firstly living an alternative lifestyle in country New South Wales, struggling to be self sufficient and coping with the hardships this involved, secondly living the life of an artist on the other side of the world in Egypt and pursuing romance.
Hippy Days Arabian Nights is her memoir, but could easily be mistaken for a work of fiction with her life experiences being so diverse. Particularly enlightening is her description of day to day life in Egypt, the different expectations of men and women in a household and in society, and the difficulties involved in the melding of cultures in a relationship. This book is well worth a read for this insight alone, but there is so much more – right down to the last few pages of “will they or won’t they?”…..