A deeply personal and moving memoir of a forgotten land by an award-winning journalist.
Ten years ago, Christina Lamb reported on the war the Afghan people fought against the Soviet Union. Now, back in Afghanistan, she has written an extraordinary memoir of her love affair with the country and its people.
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 Afghanistan 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 the 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.
Long haunted by her experiences in Afghanistan, Lamb returned there after the 2001 attack on the World Trace Center to find out what had become of the people and places that had affected her life as a young visitor. This time seeing the land with the eyes of a mother and experienced foreign correspondent, Lamb's journey brings her in touch with the people no one else is writing about: the abandoned victims of almost a quarter of a century of war.
Christina Lamb's reputation as a skillful chronicler of human stories, her unique perspective on Afghanistan, and her deep passion for the people she writes about make this the definitive account of the extraordinarily tragic plight of a proud people.
Includes 8 pages of black-and-white and full-colour images.