Kandahar Cockney: A Tale of Two Worlds Hardcover – 7 Jun 2004
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'Excellent, gripping and thought-provoking… I thoroughly enjoyed it.' John Simpson
‘Funny, pacy, illuminating … it really is as good as everyone says. I recommend it hugely’ Mail on Sunday
‘A moving and intelligent book. Culture-clash is an old theme but few have done it better’ Economist
‘I read Kandahar Cockney in a single sitting. Not only is it suspenseful, but the descent into the strange and terrifying world of the asylum-seeker is both revealing and told with humour. This book is a bridge between two very different but sometimes oddly similar cultures. It reinforces my conviction that the British and the Afghans share many traits and values: a great sense of humour, abundant self-control, cheerful resilience in the face of enormous odds and a courage that is often heroic.’ Nick Danziger
'Part travel, part memoir, part biography, Kandahar Cockney is more than a remarkable and vivid portrait of an Afghan refugee in Britain: it captures the essence of modern exile itself, with its expectations and hopes, its setbacks and fears, and the immensity of the cultural divide between East and West. Sad, funny and poignant, it also provides a disturbing look at the British legal system in its too often arbitrary, casual – and racist – dealings with those who seek asylum. I don't think I have ever read a better picture of what exile means. A wonderful read: terrific writing. I loved the book' Caroline Moorehead
Jack Magazine, June 2004
'touching, utterly compelling book...a sensational first book.'See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
With large sections of the media not always particularly favourable towards refugees, it's also an excellent look at the life of one of them and enables you as a reader to see how it can be for them. It should certainly be given to a few politicians and journalists to read. It describes life as a refugee sometimes in a humourous, tongue-in-cheek manner (some great descriptions of culture shock for example) while never losing sight of the deeper issues involved, which makes it all the more readable.
Kandahar Cockney reads like a well-paced novel and is in turn funny, sad and touching. I'd like to know more about what happens next in Mir's life. Mary Smith No More Mulberries