back search


Tales of Afghanistan

The storyteller's daughter - Saira Shah
As a child growing up in Britain, the author was told that she came from a far away Eastern land, a magical place that her father, the storyteller, would bring to life. At  21 Saira set out to discover this magic land for herself, but found a devastated country quite unlike that of her father's stories.

The kite runner - Khaled Hosseini
Raised in the same household, Amir and Hassan nonetheless grow up in different worlds: Amir is the son of a prominent and wealthy man, while Hassan, a servant's son, is a Hazara, member of a shunned ethnic minority.
The first Afghan novel to be written in English.

For a pagan song: travels in India, Pakistan and Afghanistan - Jonny Bealby
John Bealby follows the footsteps of his two heroes from literature, Kipling and Dravot, travelling across remote parts of India and Pakistan and into war-torn Afghanistan.

Behind the Burqa - Batya Yasgur Swift
Through the eyes of two women, we witness their private torment and public struggle for a woman's right to education and equality in Afghanistan. A woman ahead of her time, Sulima plays an important role in the formation of the first women's rights and literary movements in Afghanistan during the Communist era, while Hala runs a clandestine school for girls under the Taliban regime.

Samira and Samir - Siba Shakib
When Samira is born, her father, a commander fighting in the mountainous regions of Afghanistan, decides to raise her as a boy called Samir. The fact that Samir is really a girl is soon forgotten as Samir learns to fight, ride and shoot as well as any boy and when her father is killed she becomes the head of the family. As an adult, she falls in love with the male friend of her youth and is forced to reveal her true identity.

The sewing circles of Herat; my Afghan years - Christina Lamb
As a young reporter, Christina Lamb risked all to experience the real Afghanistan. This memoir recounts her return, years later, as she unmasks a cross-section of its society, from torturers and war victims to women who must still hide behind a facade of propriety.

Reaping the whirlwind: the Taliban movement in Afghanistan - Michael Griffin
An account of the background to the ongoing conflict in the area, and a profile of the Taliban movement itself - its origins and beliefs, its religious and political ethos, the character of its particular brand of so-called Islamic fundamentalism and the nature of its international links.

Afghanistan, where God only comes to weep - Siba Shakib
The inspirational story of an Afghan woman who fought for an education for her children so that they might have the chance to live free from the fear and poverty she had known since girlhood.


Book covers

In this section…