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The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul : The heart-warming and uplifting international bestseller

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THE INTERNATIONALLY BESTSELLING NOVEL

'If you love The Kite Runner you'll love The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul' LOOK MAGAZINE

In a little coffee shop in one of the most dangerous places on earth, five very different women come together . . .

SUNNY, the proud proprietor, who needs an ingenious plan - and fast - to keep her cafe and customers safe.

YAZMINA, a young pregnant woman stolen from her remote village and now abandoned on Kabul's violent streets.

CANDACE, a wealthy American who has finally left her husband for her Afghan lover, the enigmatic Wakil.

ISABEL, a determined journalist with a secret that might keep her from the biggest story of her life.

And HALAJAN, the sixty-year-old den mother, whose long-hidden love affair breaks all the rules.

As these five women discover there is more to each other than meets the eye, they form a unique bond that will change their lives forever. Because even in a place rife with conflict, love, friendship and hope will always survive . . .

The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul is the heart-warming and life-affirming fiction sensation that captured the hearts of readers across the globe.

PRAISE FOR DEBORAH RODRIGUEZ:

'Deborah Rodriguez is brilliant at transporting her readers to far flung destinations' SUNDAY EXPRESS

'If you love The Kite Runner you'll love The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul. This compelling story of a cafe in the heart of Afghanistan, and the men and women who meet there, is full of heart and intelligence' LOOK MAGAZINE

'A brilliant story of strength and appreciation of difference that restores belief in humanity' DAILY TELEGRAPH

'An eye-opening and uplifting tale about sisterhood and survival' GRAZIA

'A heart-warming tale about female friendships' COSMOPOLITAN

'Captivating and addictive. The perfect book club read' TAKE A BREAK
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Product details

  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 128 x 195 x 25mm | 330g
  • Sphere
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 075155040X
  • 9780751550405
  • 12,844

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If you like The Kite Runner, you'll love The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul. This compelling story of a cafe in the heart of Afghanistan, and the men and women who meet there, is full of heart and intelligence Look Magazine
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If you like The Kite Runner, you'll love The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul. This compelling story of a cafe in the heart of Afghanistan, and the men and women who meet there, is full of heart and intelligence * Look Magazine * An eye-opening and uplifting tale about sisterhood and survival * Grazia * This compelling tale features the stories of five women in Afghanistan and how living surrounded by conflict and danger affects their lives * Bella * A heartwarming tale about female friendships * Cosmopolitan * A brilliant story of strength and appreciation of difference that restores belief in humanity * Daily Telegraph * A unique insight into the women of this volatile, fascinating place * East Anglian Daily Times * Captivating and addictive. A perfect book-club read * Take a Break * A heart-warming tale * Good Book Guide *
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About Deborah Rodriguez

Deborah Rodriguez spent five years teaching and later directing the Kabul Beauty School, the first
modern beauty academy and training salon in Afghanistan. She also owned the Oasis Salon and the Cabul Coffee House, and is the founder of the nonprofit organisation Oasis Rescue, which aims to teach women in post-conflict and disaster-stricken areas the art of hairdressing.

Deborah lives in Mazatlan, Mexico, where she owns Tippy Toes salon and spa. To learn more about her, visit www.debbierodriguez.com
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Rating details

20,491 ratings
3.64 out of 5 stars
5 21% (4,228)
4 38% (7,734)
3 29% (6,004)
2 9% (1,907)
1 3% (618)

Our customer reviews

The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul is the first novel by hairdresser, a motivational speaker and author, Deborah Rodriguez. Sunny Tedder owns a coffee shop in Kabul, staffed by her Hazzara barista and manager, Bashir Hadi, her land-lady Halajan and her security guard, Ahmet, Halajanâ??s strictly Muslim son. Soft-hearted Sunny finds herself taking on a waitress, an escapee from a Nuristani war-lord, the pregnant Yazmina. As Sunny waits for the reappearance of her boyfriend Tommy, working on undisclosed assignments and away for long periods without contact, she makes improvements to attract customers and increase her business. American businessman, Jack is a regular customer; British journalist, Isabel Hughes is attracted by a Wednesday night speaker on womenâ??s issues; Candace Appleton, ex-wife of a US ambassador and intent on good works, is accompanied to the coffee house by her new love, Afghani Wakil. This is the group of people that tries to lead ordinary lives against the backdrop of danger that is the norm in Afghanistan. â??â?¦in Kabul, people get close quickly, bound together by experience, fear, and loneliness. Time is compressed, relationships move fastâ?? Each of the women has a secret (or two) that affects the way they react to events in their lives, and not all of them will survive. Rodriguez describes an Afghan wedding, comments on the status of women, on the need for security, on power, abuse and violence. She also comments on men: â??..men were a proud, strange bunch, and Afghan men more complex that mostâ??; on friendship between cultures: â??We are friends, but there will always be the distance of oceans, customs, and history between usâ??; on the difference in emotional response that living with war makes: â??In Afghanistan, you cry when your house burns down with everything and everyone in itâ??. Having owned a coffee house in Kabul for several years, Rodriguez personal experience ensures her novel has a highly authentic feel. Her love for Afghanistan and her people is evident in every paragraph. This feel-good novel has the added bonus of an interview with the author and recipes for some Afghani dishes. Enjoyable and informative.show more
by Marianne Vincent
I enjoyed reading this book as it was a good insight into the lives of women living in Kabul. I've read reviews where people refer to it as disappointing 'chick-lit' but I wouldn't call it that at all. Sure, there's themes of love and infatuation but the emphasis on the oppression of women and even the controlling of men is much more prevalent. Religion, sex slavery and terrorism are what makes this book undefinable as 'chick-lit' and I found it hard to put down. It is also an inspiration as you follow how each of the five women make a difference in the world, no matter how small.show more
by Gemma
A beautiful and inspirational book of life,love and friendships through diversity,thoroughly enjoyed this wonderful storyshow more
by Sharon Buckley
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