A Labour councillor has told how she tried to get inside the head of Osama Bin Laden while writing her latest novel.
Shaida Mehrban's sixth book, Eyes of Osama, tells the tale of a troubled young woman who marries the late Al Qaeda chief.
The Hounslow South councillor and former social worker said understanding what made made the 9/11 mastermind into one of history's most notorious terrorists was key to writing the story.
"There's been a lot of media coverage of his impact on the world but little about those characters he knew him personally," she told getwestlondon. "I had to try to get into the head of the man, which was difficult.
"There was a humble side to him but there was also the extreme side the public knew.
"Was this a very complex man or a simple minded man who was easily influenced by others? I read a lot about him and some of the characters who knew and lived with him while trying to figure that out."
Mrs Mehrban's previous books have been influenced by her years as a social worker, and her last novel Mother's Veil was partially inspired by her more recent foray into politics.
Eyes of Osama opens when a distressed young girl, whose only memory is of heavy gunfire, is taken in by a family. She marries Bin Laden only to find herself back in grave danger.
The book is highly topical given the current debate over how to prevent radicalisation in the UK, and in particular how to stop young women being lured to Syria to join the terrorist group ISIS.
"That's the million dollar question and I don't think anyone has the answer but I do think education is key," the 54-year-old grandmother of four said. "The better we understand other people the more likely we are to treat them as we would like to be treated."
Eyes of Osama is available from Amazon, priced £8.99.