In the Land of Jinns

INGRID PULLAR

MAGHREB MAN: Shah is a convert to the laid-back, if unpredictable, Moroccan lifestyle

Ever looked out the window on a cold, wet day and dreamed of relocating to a gentler clime, where the sun smiles brightly, exotic flora perfume the air and the prices are forgiving? Tahir Shah did, and the result is The Caliph's House, a wry, energetic account of how the travel writer moved his pregnant wife, Rachana, and young daughter, Ariane, from London to Morocco, which he knew from childhood vacations.

Think you've heard this all before, perhaps in Peter Mayle's best-selling A Year in Provence and its sequels, or Frances Mayes' tales of Tuscan transplantation? They were...

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