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The Uncaged Sky

My 804 Days in an Iranian Prison

Kylie Moore-Gilbert



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Ultimo Press
06 April 2022
'The sky above our heads was uncaged and, unlike us, free.'

The Uncaged Sky is Kylie Moore-Gilbert's remarkable story of courage and resilience, and a powerful meditation on hope, solidarity and what it means to be free.

On 12 September 2018, British-Australian academic Dr Kylie Moore-Gilbert was arrested at Tehran Airport by Iran's feared Islamic Revolutionary Guards. Convicted of espionage in a shadowy trial presided over by Iran's most notorious judge, she was given a 10-year sentence and ultimately spent 804 days incarcerated in Tehran's Evin and Qarchak prisons.

Held in a filthy solitary confinement cell for months and subjected to relentless interrogation, Kylie was pushed to her limits by extreme physical and psychological deprivation. Her only lifeline was the covert friendships she made with other prisoners inside the maximum-security compound, communicating through air vents between cells and by hiding secret letters in the narrow outdoor balcony where she was led, blindfolded, for an hour each day.

To survive, Kylie began to fight back. Multiple hunger strikes, coordinated protests and a daring escape attempt led to her transfer to the isolated desert prison, Qarchak, to live among dangerous convicted criminals. On 25 November 2020, after more than two years of struggle, Kylie was finally released in a high-stakes, three-nation prisoner-swap deal, laying bare the complex game of global politics in which she had become a valuable pawn.

 The Uncaged Sky: My 804 days in an Iranian prison

Imprint:   Ultimo Press
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm, 
ISBN:   9781761150401
ISBN 10:   1761150405
Pages:   416
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Kylie Moore-Gilbert is a scholar of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies. Kylie speaks several Middle Eastern languages and has spent significant periods travelling and conducting academic research in the region. She was falsely charged with espionage and imprisoned in Iran from September 2018 to November 2020 before being released in a prisoner exchange deal negotiated by the Australian government.

Reviews for The Uncaged Sky: My 804 Days in an Iranian Prison

'Kylie Moore-Gilbert is one pretty remarkable woman' -- Sarah Abo 'The Uncaged Sky is a brilliant and powerful book.' -- Ann Cunningham * Booktopia *

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