Jason was a superb lecturer and absolutely charming on a one-to-one basis, he went to endless trouble to discuss and explain particular points of interest. His great erudition was balanced all the time with wonderful humour.
Jason Elliot is a celebrated author and travel writer. His début, An Unexpected Light: Travels in Afghanistan, attracted numerous accolades, winning The Thomas Cook Travel Award and ALA Notable Books for Adults.
Jason is fluent in Farsi, and deeply familiar with Iran. His second book, Mirrors of the Unseen: Journeys in Iran, was published in several languages. It won the Chatwin Prize in 2007, and was shortlisted for the Macmillan Book of the Year.
The Network, a novel, is his third book, and was published in 2010.
The Times has described Jason as a writer with “an extraordinary, fecund sense of context, of Iran's history and its many legacies to the West. His understanding of Islamic architecture is profound”. The Daily Mail hailed him as “one of the great travel writers of our time.”