My favourite books on Afghanistan and Pakistan

A Listmania! list by James Rogers (Scotland)
 
No More Mulberries
1.  No More Mulberries by Mary Smith
The list author says:
  "Takes you to Afghanistan to experience life for ordinary people and is a great story about cultural conflict, loss and love"
£6.99   Used & New from: £0.01
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)

Bed of Red Flowers
2.  Bed of Red Flowers by Nelofer Pazira
The list author says:
  "An Afghan woman's own story of life under the Soviets by the woman who starred in the film Kandahar"
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Trespassing
3.  Trespassing by Uzma Aslam Khan
The list author says:
  "A beautiful novel set in Karachi and Sind, Pakistan - forbidden love, strong women, cultural and ethnic conflict"
£11.99   Used & New from: £0.01
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

The Wish Maker
4.  The Wish Maker by Ali Sethi
The list author says:
  "A powerful coming-of-age novel with a bewitching cast of characters set in Pakistan"
£8.98   Used & New from: £0.01
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

Three Cups Of Tea
5.  Three Cups Of Tea by Greg Mortenson
The list author says:
  "A real page turner, moving, powerful and shows what can be done when people ignore politics"
£7.99   Used & New from: £0.01
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (452 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Three Women of Herat: A Memoir of Life, Love and Friendship in Afghanistan
6.  Three Women of Herat: A Memoir of Life, Love and Friendship in Afghanistan by Veronica Doubleday
The list author says:
  "Ordinary life for women in Herat before the Soviets - beautifully told and very moving"
£9.99   Used & New from: £0.57
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

An Unexpected Light: Travels in Afghanistan (Bestselling Backlist)
7.  An Unexpected Light: Travels in Afghanistan (Bestselling Backlist) by Jason Elliot
The list author says:
  "A brilliant travel book first published in 1999 but still a great read"
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)

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The Places In Between
8.  The Places In Between by Rory Stewart
The list author says:
  "A journey - on foot - across Afghanistan in January 2002 - a gripping read"
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)

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The Sewing Circles of Herat: My Afghan Years
9.  The Sewing Circles of Herat: My Afghan Years by Christina Lamb
The list author says:
  "The 'sewing circles' were a cover for classes for girls during Taliban's regime and this is written by a woman who clearly loves Afghanistan"
£12.99   Used & New from: £0.01
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

The Breadwinner Collection
10.  The Breadwinner Collection by Deborah Ellis
The list author says:
  "Written for children the remarkable stories about Parvana and friends during the Tailabn regime will also appeal to adults."
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4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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Sleeping Buddha, The
11.  Sleeping Buddha, The by Hamida Ghafour
The list author says:
  "Fascinating account of an Afghan woman's return to Afghanistan in 2003"
£8.99   Used & New from: £0.01
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

In Other Rooms, Other Wonders
12.  In Other Rooms, Other Wonders by Daniyal Mueenuddin
The list author says:
  "A collection of linked short stories set in Pakistan - great read"
£8.99   Used & New from: £0.01
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

The Road to Oxiana (Penguin Classics)
13.  The Road to Oxiana (Penguin Classics) by Robert Byron
The list author says:
  "One of the best travel books ever written about Afghanistan"
£9.99   Used & New from: £4.28
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

Afghanistan (Oxford Pakistan paperbacks)
14.  Afghanistan (Oxford Pakistan paperbacks) by Louis Dupree
The list author says:
  "A doorstep of a book, a bit dated now but still relevant and full of fascinating facts"
£29.99   Used & New from: £24.98
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

The Kite Runner
15.  The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
The list author says:
  "The first part depicting life in Kabul before Taliban is really good and the relationship between father and son is authentic"
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,648 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

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The Storyteller's Daughter: Return to a Lost Homeland
16.  The Storyteller's Daughter: Return to a Lost Homeland by Sairah Shah
The list author says:
  "In turns, funny and moving - an Afghan woman brought up in Kent goes to Afghanistan to discover 'her' land."
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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