by Christina Lamb - £12.99 Flamingo (2003)
paperback ISBN 13: 9780007142521 | ISBN 10: 0007142528
In the ancient city of Herat, once the cradle of Afgahan civilization, Christina Lamb stumbled upon the Golden Needle Ladies' Sewing Circle, a group apparently dedicated to one of the few female pastimes that the Taliban regime allowed. But it was much more than that. The sewing circle was in fact the cover for a heroic act of resistance: teaching young women about literature - utterly forbidden by the Taliban. It was just this sort of spirit, courage and humanity that had seduced Christina Lamb on her first visit to Afghanistan. This is the story of her love affair with that breathtaking, strife-torn country. It is a story of hope and of truly remarkable people: of befriending the man who would become President of Afghanistan; of motorcycling mullahs, who would later found the Taliban; and of a woman called Marri, who dreams of dancing in a red silk dress while forced to hide herself under a burqa.
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