Sunburnt Veils by Sara Haghdoosti, a proud Iranian Australian feminist, lets the reader walk in the shoes of a Uni political activist who learns how to stand up against the injustices of racism and Islamaphobia and develop the leadership to fight for what she believes in. The novel is character-driven and a romance and will inspire readers to question how power imbalances can allow racism at elite institutions like universities.
Sunburnt Veils is best studied in secondary years (grades 9 to 12) and can be used to teach all three strands of the Australian English curriculum (Language, Literature and Literacy). It is particularly relevant to investigating how social, moral and ethical positions are represented in texts and also explores interpersonal relationships. (Teachers’ notes)
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