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The Storyteller's Daughter by Saira Shah
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Saira Shah begins her book by talking about her family and growing up in England but always being aware that Afghanistan is her homeland. She hears stories about the fabulous estate that was once owned by her family but lost to them when her grandfather was unable to return home to claim it during WW2.

Saira Shah is a journalist who has made a career of visiting war zones and she therefore took the opportunity to cover the hostilities in Afghanistan so that she could experience her homeland in person. Her account of recent Afghan history is clear and concise and I was moved by her description of the ruin of a once thriving culture.
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