The Taliban Cricket Club

The Taliban Cricket Club

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Rukhsana is a spirited young journalist working for the Kabul Times in Afghanistan. She also takes care of her mother and her younger brother Jahan.Their quiet but tenuous way of life is shattered with the arrival of a summons for Rukhsana to appear before the infamous Ministry to Promote Virtue and Punish Vice.The Minister, Zorak Wahidi, has two things in mind: to threaten the traditionally anti-Taliban news reporters, and to announce the Taliban's intention to hold a cricket tournament, the winner of which will represent Afghanistan in the International Cricket Council. By the end of the meeting, he has a third desire: Rukhsana's hand in marriage. Driven into hiding and cloistered in a burqua, Rukhsana doesn't despair - the Minister, without knowing it, has given her a way out. You won't be able to forget this soaring novel of resilience. Rukhsana's story will remind us what one person - one woman - can do to reclaim her voice in the face of brutality and repression. With tenderness and clarity, Timeri Murari shows us how no tyranny is ever absolute when love still more

Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 137 x 189 x 32mm | 329g
  • Allen & Unwin
  • St Leonards, Australia
  • English
  • 1742378846
  • 9781742378848
  • 66,788

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"A moving, splendidly realised story of courage and grit in modern-day Kabul. I was won over by Murari's uplifting and vastly entertaining sporting tale, which reaffirms the power of friendship, fellowship, and love in the face of all forms of tyranny." Vikas Swarup, author of Slumdog Millionaire. "A beautifully written novel that takes the reader through the shrouded world of one woman whose only crime is being a woman... I loved this riveting book." Deborah Rodriguez, author of Kabul Beauty School.Cinematic descriptions of war, and the joy of cricket, score highly - Observer An engaging read and a real page turner - Red Sometimes a book comes along that makes you think it's going to cause quite a stir and could well be set to be one that everyone's talking about in a few month's time. That was my impression when I read The Taliban Cricket Club. - This book is funny, moving, harrowing, romantic and readable. - A strange and alluring combination of cricket, the Taliban, and a lively, clever heroine makes this novel unputdownable. - New Books A wonderful and heart-warming story of love, family and cricket. - A gripping, emotional read. - Novelicious.comshow more

About Timeri N. Murari

Timeri N. Murari is an award winning writer, filmmaker, and playwright. Time magazine chose his film, The Square Circle, for its top ten of the year in 1997. His works include the bestselling novel, Taj, which has been translated into over twenty languages. Timeri lives with his wife in his ancestral home in Madras, more

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2,371 ratings
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As a woman this book was confronting to read at times but well worth it. You don't need to understand or appreciate cricket either. I think I almost developed an ulcer from the stress of reading the last few chapters!show more
by Tania Hyde
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