Rukhsana, a spirited young journalist in Kabul, is summoned to the infamous Ministry for the Propagation of Virtue and Prevention of Vice to face its terrifying minister, Zorak Wahidi. A cricket tournament is announced, with the winning team to travel to Pakistan for training and then represent Afghanistan at an international level. In reality, the idea is ludicrous. The Taliban will never embrace a game rooted in civility, fairness and equality. And no one in Afghanistan even knows how to play cricket, except Rukhsana. But the tournament offers hope ? a means of escape for her brother and young cousins. And for Rukhsana, escape is essential ? Wahidi wants to marry her, a frightening proposition which will enslave her in his home. With the help of her cousins, Rukhsana devises an audacious plan that could ensure their freedom. All they have to do is learn to play cricket ? and win.
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An engaging read and a real page turner --Red
A wonderful and revealing book --The Sun
Murari's novel exerts a strong emotional grip as we follow the Taliban's brutality with mounting horror. The result is an unusual mix of tension, farce and profound outrage. --Financial Times
Cinematic descriptions of war, and the joy of cricket, score highly. --Observer
This book is funny, moving, harrowing, romantic and readable. --TheBookBag.co.uk
A strange and alluring combination of cricket, the Taliban, and a lively, clever heroine makes this novel unputdownable. --New Books
"… a thrilling climax and atypical story line (one that has roots in real life—the Taliban really did try to put together a cricket team in 2000) make this well worth a read. Fans of Khaled Hosseini’s A Thousand Splendid Suns will be especially pleased." (Publishers Weekly)
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