The Taliban Cricket Club

by Timeri N. Murari

Category: Fiction

Kabul under the Taliban is a wasteland, its gangrenous breath reeking of explosives, smoke and despair. Its only color comes from the roses, the sweetest-smelling roses in the world. Rukhsana, spirited and beautiful, is desperate to escape the blighted city and the attentions of a powerful Talib who fancies her, but she has a sick mother and a younger brother to care for. As life in the Afghan capital gets even worse, it is clear that she will have to flee if she is to live…

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About the Author

It was four years ago, when winter hovered beyond the Hindu Kush and sent a warning chill through the streets, that I first saw Zorak Wahidi. A rumor had been spreading along the streets, slipping through keyholes, sliding under doors, over windows, ..

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Praise for the Book

  • “Murari has an uncommon tale to tell, and does so with imagination and empathy” – Shashi Tharoor
  • “A moving, splendidly realized story of courage and grit in modern day Kabul” – 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, New York Times bestselling author of Kabul Beauty School.
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  • ‘The Taliban Cricket Club is the story of a woman journalist, thrust unexpectedly into the role of a cricket coach. The book is a marriage between historical research and a firsthand view of Afghanistan under Taliban rule.’ Read more
  • ‘The Taliban Cricket Club is a thrilling tale that keeps you on the edge of your seat to the last.’ Read more
  • ‘There are scenes reminiscent of Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner. It also has shades of the movie Lagaan, in which villagers learn an alien sport, cricket, to defeat a colonial team during the British Raj.’ Read more
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