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Refuge: The First Book Of Refuge by [Osborne, N. G.]
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"Debut British novelist N.G. Osborne has crafted a brilliantly compelling romantic drama set in a world where love is a lethal indulgence and women are best neither seen nor heard beneath their burkhas … a simple but deeply affecting tale of forbidden love with tenderly realized characters. Come the riveting climax you will have fallen hard for Noor and Charlie, and the many colourful supporting characters, and be hoping against hope for a happy ending.Discovery of the year."  Henry Fitzherbert, Sunday Express

"A captivating tale of love between the unlikeliest people in the unlikeliest of places."  Will Fetters - Screenwriter of "Remember Me" and "The Lucky One"

About the Author

N. G. Osborne grew up in Angus, Scotland and graduated in 1995 from Oxford University with a B.A. in Politics, Philosophy & Economics. At the age of eighteen, Osborne spent twelve months as a volun-teer for Project Trust working in a school and the Afghan refugee camps of Peshawar, Pakistan. This experience was the inspiration for this novel.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1060 KB
  • Print Length: 466 pages
  • Publisher: Cranham & Keith; 1 edition (15 Dec. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009LU196Y
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 46 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #200,928 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I downloaded this when it was free. What an amazing read - I was engrossed and as soon as I got to the end I had to purchase the next book "Resilience" immediately. This too is a gripping read.
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This is one of the most beautiful and deeply moving novels that I have read in a long time. Set in 1991, in the Pakistani city of Peshawar, we are introduced to two people from two very different worlds who accidentally meet setting in motion an unforgettable love story.
Charlie, a young Gulf War veteran has been employed by a demining agency whose expectations of any success or progress in the region to be unlikely and low. Whilst getting used to the pace of the city he bumps into Noor, a twenty year old Afghan teacher who dreams of escaping the refugee camp that has become home for her and her family. Charlie is completely captivated by Noor's beauty and unwittingly sets out to break every conceivable rule that westerners should adhere to. Noor however is horrified by this man that won't stop pursuing her. Her father, a former English professor tries to encourage her to befriend him as a possible aid to securing an overseas scholarship, so when a member of her family betrays her she finds herself looking to Charlie for a place to hide and a possible way of escaping the life that is slowly destroying her.
I fell in love with this book right away and the small cast of wonderful characters. Their world is described so colourfully you feel you are in the story yourself witnessing every moment, watching their lives evolving. Their story stayed with me long after finishing it.
Highly recommended, this is an excellent debut from an author from whom I would like to see a lot more.
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Refuge is a splendid evocation of an exotic time and place, with characters I really felt attached to. It starts as it means to go on, with a heart-breaking scene which sets up the rest of this love story in a really interesting way. There is a lot of heart here, and a brilliant clash between cultures which really works when you place the two main characters within this larger historical framework. I also believed in all the little details of the book. You get the sense, reading it, that the author has really done his research. If you liked novels like The Kite Runner or Gone With the Wind, I think you'd really like this. I recommend it on the highest possible terms.
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As a man, I wasn't sure "an epic love story" was my cup of tea... but I read this book in 2 sittings and could not put it down. The clipped action sequence of the prologue with its short clipped sentences, reminiscent of the breathlessness of escape leads into a book beautifully written, with tremendous characters and plenty of soul. It is a ripping page turner and an outstanding first novel. I thought it was better than either the Kite Runner or An Exploding Case of Mangoes...

The recent sad events around Malala Yousafzai - twenty years after this story was set - make the book all the more relevant to the modern reader.
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Was unsure of this book came across it by accident on the goodreads website, I'm very glad I did a wonderful intricate story that captivates.Sat up well into the wee hours to finish, I'll look out for next instalment a definite must read .
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By B-G on 13 Nov. 2012
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This book is mesmerising. It is very hard to put down and then it haunts you.

Nick Osborne doesn't pull any punches; "Refuge" is set in Peshawar, where life is complex and controversial, making it an ideal starting point for a discussion on: East/West culture, religion, extremism, women's rights, forced marriages, landmines, terrorism, the plight of refugees, the benefits of aid agencies and the role of foreign governments.

In this very tense environment of conflict and misunderstanding, we get to know the morals and motivations of the cast of characters around whom the book revolves. The story (and it is important not to give too much away) captures the attention immediately and maintains a fast pace, brilliantly bringing all these issues to life, right up to it's chilling conclusion.

This is not a soppy love story, it is a tough but captivating book about humanity. It is well-written and well researched. I would categorise it as a love story/thriller.

Because it is so thought-provoking, high-lighting so many issues, it is a book I would like my children to read, but not yet, when they are older (perhaps 15 or 16).

I will be re-reading it immediately.
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Where to begin?! I'm heartbroken, literally so heartbroken and angry I could cry. I genuinely feel very emotional right now. I'm devastated for Noor and I wish all kinds of sadistic cruelty on Tariq.

These characters are all very real. I adore Wali, he is by far my favourite character and I sincerely hope we haven't heard the last from him!!

Having seen other reviews that mentioned Tariq, I was desperately looking for redeeming qualities or reasons for what he has become - there are none. There is no reason on earth for him becoming true evil. It is not from love of his mother, it is not from grief. He is truly a terrible excuse for a human being, I feel he has been brainwashed to extremism but at the same time, I feel he is acutely aware of everything and would have made these choices regardless. What he did to his family was not brainwashing, it was greed. He knows that no one benefits from his actions but himself and that's perfectly fine, whether he finds excuses to hide behind or not.

I'm angry and heartbroken for Noor's father and the cook. I'm angry for Charlie. I feel nothing but hatred and confusion for Ivor and what exactly he's up to and hate how jealous and bitter Elma was, only to end up being convinced to destroy Noor's life - all to better herself or else to make herself feel better for being rejected.

I feel no choice but to give this five stars. I love books, I get immersed in books, but very rarely do I feel such anger or heartbreak, in fact I can only recall one other book that has similar. I am furious at what happened and I'm furious that it isn't far fetched. I'm truly heartbroken, both for these characters and the actual women put through similar things.

Never before have I not wanted to continue to read a book.
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