The Sewing Circles of Herat : My Afghan Years

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A gold-inscribed invitation to a wedding in Pakistan led Christina Lamb to leave suburban England for Peshawar - a town perched on the frontier of the Afghan war - at the age of just 21. Captivated by the Afghans she met, for two years she tracked the final stages of the mujaheddin victory over the Soviets as Afghan friends smuggled her in and out of their country in a variety of guises - from burqa-clad wife to Kandahari boy - travelling by foot, on donkeys, or hidden under the floor of an ambulance.

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Christina Lamb was named Foreign Correspondent of the Year in the British Press Awards and the BBC What The Papers Say awards this year, the second time she has won both of these awards. In 2002, she also won these, along with the Foreign Press Association award for her reporting on the war on terrorism. She has won numerous other awards starting with Young Journalist of the Year in the British Press Awards for her coverage of the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan in 1988. Currently roving Foreign Affairs Correspondent for the Sunday Times, she has been a foreign correspondent for almost 20 years, living in Pakistan, Brazil and South Africa first for the Financial Times then the Sunday Times. She is the author of the best-selling book The Africa House as well as `House of Stone', `Waiting For Allah'. `Small Wars Permitting: Despatches from Foreign Lands', a collection of her reportage, will be published in January.

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`"The Sewing Circles of Herat" opens a window on to the deeply unromantic horrors of Taliban-led Afghanistan and, less troubling for the squeamish, tells the remarkable stories of those who dared to defy that particularly vile regime...Lamb writes with pace, conviction and honesty, uncovering both the terrible human cost of the Taliban experiment and the enduring strength of spirit of those who refused to join it.' Justin Marozzi, Sunday Telegraph`Award-winning foreign correspondent Christina Lamb has written an inspiring and moving account of Afghanistan's plight...Lamb shows that, despite attempts to destroy the country and its culture, its soul remains uncrushed.' Marianne Brace, Independent on Sunday`A lucid, intimate, haunting book, which sings the song of Lamb's love - and the tragic plight of a defiant and divided nation.' Sunday Times

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