Anywhere but Saudi Arabia

American Bedu had the honor to read “Anywhere but Saudi Arabia” in its draft copy and was immediately caught up in the lively story and experiences of Kathy Cuddihy, who was a long time expat in Riyadh.  Now the official copy of the book will soon be released and available.  I do recommended it as one of the must-reads of life in the Kingdom from an expat’s perspective.


When Bechtel offered Sean Cuddihy a transfer to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in 1976, his wife Kathy agreed to go along on one condition: that it was only for two years, not a minute longer. This reluctant commitment turned into a 24-year love affair with Saudi Arabia and its people.

Kathy’s humorous anecdotes of her adventures and misadventures trace the journey of a country in transition. Never has a nation made so much progress in so short a time. As a trusted journalist and businesswoman, Kathy witnessed, recorded and participated in this spectacular development.

From palaces to prisons and mud houses to private jets, Kathy’s perspective is unique and her experiences remarkable.

Told with the wit and stylishness for which the author is well known, Anywhere But Saudi Arabia! is a treasure for all who know and love the Kingdom, and an eye-opener for those with no comprehension of what life was, and is, like for an unconventional non-Muslim woman in a conservative Muslim population.

At times hilarious, at times shocking, but always honest and entertaining, Kathy’s story is infused with deep affection for her adopted country.




Kathy Cuddihy, Canadian by birth, has lived abroad for most of her life. A penchant for foreign cultures and languages has served her well throughout her extensive travels. Her varied career has included being a jillaroo (cowgirl) in Australia, a secretary at the United Nations in Geneva, and a public relations consultant in Saudi Arabia.

This is the author’s seventh book.

Her two children and five grandchildren reside in the US. Kathy lives with her husband Sean on Bantry Bay, Ireland.




Anywhere But Saudi Arabia! Experiences of a (once) Reluctant Expat

ISBN: 978-0-9567081-3-7

Release date: 30 November 2012

Pre-orders are available now from:

or from Amazon

Kindle edition available from Amazon 30 November 2012

Paperback price:£9.95 / $14.95


3 Responses

  1. This is definetly a book I’m going to buy for Xmas presents. I’m sure it is interesting and well written if recommended by our Carol.

  2. Hi Carol,

    Many thanks for the kind endorsement. Fingers crossed it helps with sales!

    All the best, Kathy


  3. Looks like a ‘must read’!

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