The Bookseller of Kabul – Asne Seierstad

An inspired birthday present from Karen, read in a flash. I’d been put off from buying it by the later reivews, which emphasised the misogynic aspects of Afghan society. I’m glad Karen got it for me – it’s a good read and provides insights into history, society, culture and personal relationships, told through tales from a family’s life over the past 20 odd years. It’s an uncomfortable read at times – but then the Khan clan live in a very different world from mine.

Buy it: Amazon link