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I've just finished reading... The Last Kestrel

ANNA BERRY
Last updated 05:00 01/10/2012
Last Kestrel
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The Last Kestrel is most certainly one of my favourite reads to date.

It would suit a reader who is fond of autobiographies written by women who have seen suffering - such as Sold by Zana Muhsen or A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini. And also those who want to try out some who-dunnit type reads.

Set in small-village Afghanistan, journalist Ellen wants to find out who killed her translator and friend, Jalil. She also wants to poke around for a decent and novel story to send her publicist back in the US. Luckily for her, the two quests morph into one.

The book ends up making the reader feel surprisingly sympathetic for the young, naive, indoctrinated boys who end up martyrs for the Taliban.

Ellen ends up make surprising alliances which cause unexpected outcomes, making for a well written, hard to put down read.

The author, Jill McGivering, a reporter based in Afghanistan, has the experience, the knowledge and the creativity to pull off a novel like this.

I encourage anyone to purchase a copy and give it a go, you won't regret it.

Personally, I can't wait to read the second story (Far From My Father's House) which follows Ellen's exploits.


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