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My Dubai: Rachel Hamilton

The Dubai-based children’s author gives us some inside info on where to go for all things literary

Louisa Wilkins
10 Jun 2015 | 12:35 pm
  • Rachel Hamilton.


My favourite place to buy books is Magrudy’s, Jumeirah

While it might not win the tiara in a beauty contest against the city’s newer, sparklier bookshops, Magrudy’s Jumeirah gets my vote for looking exactly how a bookstore is supposed to look – cosy, welcoming and stuffed full of great stories. The children’s section is fun and friendly and I had a blast (pun intended) launching The Case of the Exploding Brains there recently.

I love browsing through books at The Old Library, Ductac

The beating heart of The Old Library is its army of volunteer librarians, who are not afraid to glare at unruly visitors. That’s why I love it; there’s something wonderfully reassuring about being shushed by book-wise women. It reminds you this isn’t a place for noise and haste – it’s a haven for bookworms and bibliophiles.

I can spend hours reading at Book Munch, City Walk

The bright pink and lime decor and book-strewn shelves give this fabulous café a happy, energising vibe that makes it the ideal setting to enjoy a great book over a nice cup of tea and a muffin. It’s the spiritual home of the city’s book clubbers, storytellers and word crafters, and an ideal place to pick up tales and poems by great local writers.

I’m at my most productive when I go to write at The International Writers’ Centre in Shindagha

Launched last year in Al Shindagha district, the Writers’ Centre is a hub for local and international authors and is turning out to be a brilliantly atmospheric place for me to nestle down and plot out my next book. I had an enchanting evening there as storyteller during Harry Potter Night in February, and I’m secretly hoping that when I put pen to paper I’ll still find a touch of magic in the air.

And for literary inspiration, you can’t beat the simple beauty of the desert.

It’s my go-to place when I need to recharge my brain. The silence and stillness and sense of space seem to call for deep thoughts, and there’s nothing better than sitting around a desert campfire, toasting marshmallows and sharing spooky stories, to light a few creative sparks.

Rachel’s latest book, The Case Of The Exploding Brains, is available at leading bookstores around the UAE.

Louisa Wilkins

By Louisa Wilkins