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  • Paperback: 284 pages
  • Publisher: Blue Door (2 Aug. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007338201
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007338207
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.5 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 574,062 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jill McGivering is a senior BBC broadcaster, specialising in Asia. She's covered foreign news for the past 18 years for all the BBC's main radio and television news outlets. Her posts as a BBC Correspondent include Hongkong, South Asia and the US State Department.
Her first novel, THE LAST KESTREL (Blue Door, Harper Collins, 2010) is set in Afghanistan. It draws on many reporting trips to Afghanistan and two embeds with British forces in Helmand Province.
Her first non-fiction book was MACAU REMEMBERS (OUP,1999), a social portrait of one of the world's oldest colonies as it returned to Chinese rule.
Jill was born and brought up in West Yorkshire but now lives in London. She has a First in English Literature from King's College, London, an MA in English Literature from Queen Mary College, London and an MA in Creative Writing from Birkbeck College, London.

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Praise for Jill McGivering’s THE LAST KESTREL:

‘A moving, compassionate and impressive first-novel which fans of The Kite Runner will love.’ DAILY MAIL

‘Disturbing and heartfelt.' THE TIMES

‘This book is moving and disturbing. Both sides are given honest portrayals, and the characters are very real. It will change the way you read headlines.’ BOOKLIST

About the Author

Jill McGivering has worked in journalism for 25 years. She is currently a senior foreign news correspondent with the BBC having previously held the position of South Asia Correspondent (based in Delhi). Now based in London, she travels extensively for the BBC including assignments to Afghanistan and China. Her first novel The Last Kestrel charted the lives of two women during the Afghan conflict. Far from my Father’s House is her second novel. She has been nominated for Journalist of the Year 2011 at the SONY awards and the One World Media Awards.


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By MCRoyal on 1 Aug. 2011
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I read and enjoyed Jill Mcgivering's first book, The Last Kestrel, after a friend picked the book for our reading group. Her second novel is similarly informed and enjoyable with strong characters and a story which addresses human rights, the relationship between East and West - and the bonds of family.
The author's experiences as a journalist and intimate knowledge of the culture and landscape give the novel an added richness and authenticity.
Highly recommended, whether reading for pure enjoyment or discussing within book club.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sian Main on 1 Aug. 2011
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From the opening pages of this book you are drawn in, keen to know how the story is going to unfold. Once I started I could not put this book down, it was sensitively written yet informative about situations that are not portrayed in the papers, or simply forgotten about. The development of the characters is another fascinating aspect of the story. The story is described to you through the eyes of a few different characters, with each chapter you are told a specific side of the story, be it from the western reporter or the daughter of a Pakistani man forced to flee their village. The characters draw you in to their lives. This way you become involved with the characters, as you become entwined in every aspect of the book.

A well-crafted, gripping piece of fiction.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tim Luard on 8 Sept. 2011
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This tremendous novel -- written by and starring a sensitive and perceptive female British reporter -- brings home the human tragedy behind the rise of the Taliban in a way the media as a whole haven't even begun to do. Clearly based on first-hand experiences, it is engrossing, convincing, moving and beautifully written. I was gripped from start to finish
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ah Mak on 31 Aug. 2011
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"It's a different world. People don't know how to relate to it" says the protagonist of this story - the same journalist (Ellen) who featured in 'The Last Kestrel'. I found this second book even more of a page-turner, with a gripping pace and characters so well drawn that you can actually SEE them. I may still not know how to relate to the Afghan conflict as it impinges on Himalayan villagers but I have a much better understanding of what it can do to some people's lives. Beautifully written - I hope the author has more up her sleeve!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dawn Holt on 22 Feb. 2012
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This is a really excellent book. There is a lot of tense plot but what I really loved was the insight into the characters'lives. Particularly Layla a young Pakistani girl who witnesses the men (who we know to be taliban) coming to her village and changing everything until she and her family are forced to flee to a refugee camp. It was astonishing to realise how she could be punished by her own family for what to western eyes would be nothing at all.
We also get to follow Ellen, the British news reporter, trying to make sense of what is going on in the refugee camp. There's a romantic story for her and for Layla but also some incredibly tense events where I couldn't stop reading - however late it was getting!
I thoroughly recommend this book. Jill McGivering clearly knows her stuff and she writes really well. Enjoy!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B. J. Gabony on 4 Jan. 2012
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(I may be biased because I am a work colleague of Jill McGivering's but) this is a really excellent read. I enjoyed Jill's first novel, The Last Kestrel, a lot. I think her writing has got stronger in Far From My Father's House. The sense of place and atmosphere in the Pakistan refugee camp is terrific. Both novels have surprise twists in the plot. Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Debra colozzi on 25 Aug. 2011
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I was so moved by this book! It is wonderfully written and grabs you from the first page. You won't want to put it down!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. H. M. Payne on 1 Aug. 2012
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This is the second novel by this talented journalist.It makes compelling reading and offers great insight into not just the aid workers' and journalists' lives, but also that of the refugees families and their Muslim beliefs. As in "The Last Kestrel" Jill McGivering casts a devastating look at the aid "business".
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