QUEENS OF THE KINGDOM: The Women of Saudi Arabia Speak

Nicola Sutcliff

How are you supposed to raise a child who is also your master?

 I don’t know what people think of us. I suppose they think we are very weak.

 My name is Hoda Al-Helaissi, and I am not a terrorist.

Saudi Arabia is one of the most closed countries in the world. To separate fact from fiction, Nicola Sutcliff elected to go behind the veil for four years living, working and socialising in Saudi society. The resulting project, QUEENS OF THE KINGDOM, aims to raise the voices of these women; to share their realities, dreams, frustrations and talents.

Through personal interviews, thirty women share their stories: from world-renowned activists to wives in polygamous households; high-ranking princesses to desert-dwelling bedouins. They talk candidly about the issues most intriguing to a Western audience – driving, sister wives and the religious police – as well as lesser known aspects of their lives, including under-the-abaya fashion, underground parties, and the practice of ‘purchasing’ husbands online.


Non Fiction

UK Publication

Simon & Schuster, March 2019

US Publication

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UK & Commonwealth: Simon & Schuster
Audio: WF Howes