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By Christina Lamb | Comments: ( 128 ) | Date: ( Jan 20, 2020 )

Twenty one year old Christina Lamb left suburban England for Peshawar on the frontier of the Afghan war Captivated, she spent two years tracking the final stages of the mujaheddin victory over the Soviets, as Afghan friends smuggled her in and out of their country in a variety of guises.Returning to Afghanistan after the attacks on the World Trade Center to report for BriTwenty one year old Christina Lamb left suburban England for Peshawar on the frontier of the Afghan war Captivated, she spent two years tracking the final stages of the mujaheddin victory over the Soviets, as Afghan friends smuggled her in and out of their country in a variety of guises.Returning to Afghanistan after the attacks on the World Trade Center to report for Britain s Sunday Telegraph, Lamb discovered the people no one else had written about the abandoned victims of almost a quarter century of war Among them, the brave women writers of Herat who risked their lives to carry on a literary tradition under the guise of sewing circles the princess whose palace was surrounded by tanks on the eve of her wedding the artist who painted out all the people in his works to prevent them from being destroyed by the Taliban and Khalil Ahmed Hassani, a former Taliban torturer who admitted to breaking the spines of men and then making them stand on their heads.Christina Lamb s evocative reporting brings to life these stories Her unique perspective on Afghanistan and deep passion for the people she writes about make this the definitive account of the tragic plight of a proud nation.


  • Title: The Sewing Circles of Herat: A Personal Voyage Through Afghanistan
  • Author: Christina Lamb
  • ISBN: 9780060505271
  • Page: 497
  • Format: Paperback

About Author:

Christina Lamb

Christina Lamb OBE is one of Britain s leading foreign correspondents She has been named Foreign Correspondent of the Year five times in the British Press Awards and What the Papers Say Awards and in 2007 was winner of the Prix Bayeux Calvados one of the world s most prestigious prizes for war correspondents, for her reporting from Afghanistan.She has won numerous other awards starting with Young Journalist of the Year in the British Press Awards for her coverage of the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan in 1988 was part of the News Reporter of the year for BCCI and won the Foreign Press Association award for reporting on Zimbabwean teachers forced into prostitution, and Amnesty International award for the plight of street children in Rio.She was named by Grazia magazine as one of their Icons of the Decade and by She magazine as one of Britain s Most Inspirational Women The ASHA foundation chose her as one of their inspirational women worldwide asha foundation with her portrait featuring in a special exhibition in the National Portrait Gallery Her portrait has also been in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford She was awarded the OBE in the 2013



Comments The Sewing Circles of Herat: A Personal Voyage Through Afghanistan

  • Gary

    In these memoirs the author writes about her experiences in Afghanistan, a country with which she has come to care deeply about and to explore intimately.She details her experiences with people she has interviewed and come to know in Afghanistan and what she has come to witness in her years there.Through the book she shapes a history of Afghnanistan, a rich land of many nations which has been invaded by many from the armies of Alexander the Great, the Persians and Mongols, the British and Russia [...]


  • Wafaa Golden

    يتحدّث الكتاب كما هو واضح من عنوانه عن مذكّرات مؤلّفته في تلك البلاد وما رأته وما عاشته وسمعته من معاناة أهلهاأحزنني جدّاً الكتاب كما أذهلني في الوقت نفسهكيف يتم تطبيق السّيناريو ذاته في كلّ بلدأناس طيّبون يعيشون بسلام وأمان في بلد جميل وافر بالخيرات المادّيّة والمعنويّةز [...]


  • chucklesthescot

    This book was just an ego book for the author about HER journey and what SHE did rather than exploring the life of the people that she met. It was a 'As I was going through the town, here is what I was doing' instead of telling us about the town and its people. The title of the book is misleading as well as you only meet the women briefly in one chapter of the book and never hear from then again. I was expecting a book about these brave women meeting in secret to defy the hardline men but they w [...]


  • Agustinus Wibowo

    The best nonfiction book I have ever read on Afghanistan. Compelling story, vivid description, meticulous investigation, word class storytelling. It brought Afghanistan and Afghans come to live, this book even introduces Hamid Karzai as a person with humane feelings, not merely a president we used to see on press conference.The most mindblowing chapter for me is Chapter 9:Face to Face with the Taliban, about Taliban and Pakistan interference in Afghanistan history and future. "So many people had [...]


  • Maranda (addlebrained_reader)

    Christina Lamb is a journalist from England who has traveled to Afghanistan several times in her career. These visits to this country have ranged from before and after 9/11 and the terrorist attack on the United States.This book is checkered throughout with letters from a young lady, Marri, in Afghanistan who explains of her love of dancing and red lipstick. However, Marri's letters are also full of fear, anger and hurt because of the men who force her to hide beneath the burqa.In this book, Chr [...]


  • Nick

    The "sewing circles" were an excuse for girls to gather under the Taliban. Surreptitious classes were given, and a half-finished dress was kept handy for when the Taliban police showed up to check. Of all the books I have read about Afghan culture--a misnomer really, since the country is a collection of peoples that no empire could handle--Christina Lamb seems to know it best and have the greatest sympathy. She travelled with some of the Taliban when they were just a group fighting the Russians [...]


  • Claire Croxton

    This is a very compelling book. One that I took me quite some time to finish because I was unable to read more than a few pages at a time. Very disturbing. Another one of those, “Thank God I live in the United States” books. Ms. Lamb traveled to the region in the 1980s and was captivated by the Afghans, the mujaheddin who was fighting the Soviets. She rode on motorbikes with the bearded mujaheddin and was literally in the trenches with them as they fought for their country’s freedom. After [...]


  • Shahana

    've lost count of how much fiction on or by Afghans I've read over the years - starting from Rabindranath's Kabuliwala and MM Kaye's Far Pavilions to Rumi and then to Khaled Hosseini, Nadia Hashimi, Yasmina Khadra, Asne Seierstad.Afghanistan has always been the darling of writers and journalists because few countries can claim a more poignant and moving history, which is still in the making.This one, however, is special in its own way; the author is both a writer and a journalist; weaving a taut [...]


  • Nancy

    Enjoyed this book recommended to me by my dauther Elizabeth. Written by a British woman journalist, it details her two trips to Afghanistan. It includes a great deal of history and accounts of her interviews with powerful Afghan leaders. The sewing cirlce potion of the book is minimal, but it does contribute to the general theme of the book which is the tragedy that has befallen a once proud country.


  • Hope

    I finished this book but had a hard time with it. The book meandered through scads of tribal history, introducing what felt like hundreds of names, without giving providing a clear picture of the historical events or their context. It needed an editor with a sharper eye to readability and continuity.


  • Sally Edsall

    This is a bit of a “wow!” book in the sense I kept thinking “wow - how did you get access there!” It covers a lot of Afghan history (you have to concentrate because it does jump around, but it’s important). We learn about the centuries old tribal enmities, the royal period. In the period of the mujahideen fighting the soviets, Lamb is in the ditches during battle with the jihadis!Twelve years after leaving after the Soviets are (briefly) victorious, Lamb goes back, after 9/11 and after [...]


  • Janette Wilkins

    I found this book full of history, struggle, courage - a much needed glimpse into the world of the real people of Afghanistan. It is a serious read which takes some energy depending on your background with the history of the country. Definitely worth while if you like narrative fiction and want to learn something.


  • Fiona

    I admire Christina Lamb's journalism and this book is an exceptional example of her in depth knowledge of her chosen subjects. My only criticism would be that at times I found myself questioning her objectivity but that might be unfair. Having met her at a litfest, I'm sure she would happily debate that point as she is one of the most intelligent journalists I've listened to or read.


  • Brooke

    Absolutely fascinating! A slower read, a little detail dense, but so interesting. I am going so slow because every few pages I read I have to spend the next five minutes telling my husband about what I just learned.


  • Lynne

    Although educational, I abandoned this book after the umpteenth depiction of torture I should have researched the book prior to starting it. Based on the title, I expected a book about women in Afghanistan rather brutal descriptions of torture. My fault.


  • Megan

    I found this book entertaining and educational. I learned alot about Afghanistan, and also felt more conflicted about America's role there after reading.


  • Aparna Singh

    There are some interesting stories in this book based on the author's work in Afghanistan over two time periods (during the Soviet war and immediately after 2001).However a few things spoilt it for me.There is a lack of depth to most of the stories, which seem to be about the author more than the people she meets. I suspect this could be because it is hard to really get into another culture as an outsider, especially if one is using an interpreter to talk! Secondly there is hardly anything about [...]


  • Ang

    I found the chronology a little difficult at times, unsure which visit to Afghanistan I was in. I found the title not fully reflective of the content - I guess I was hoping to see more on womens insight from inside the war, and less on the history and machinations of war.


  • Mike

    Richard Maconachie, one-time British Minister to Kabul, wrote, “Throughout the country [of Afghanistan] the advantages of anarchy seem to have been better appreciated than its drawbacks.” And in Lamb’s book an unnamed Afghan boasts: “Fighting is our problem. We fight with everything. Afghans are world champions in fighting.”Many people might have thought that before the infamous regime of the Taliban in Afghanistan, (who, according to the Afghans, are Pakistani puppets) this country wa [...]


  • Becky

    I'm torn between 3 and 4 stars. A lot of her story is immensely interesting and provides a good look at the individual Afghan men and women that are on both sides (including Taliban).However, it delves a little too much into history sometimes, which, though interesting, is a little overwhelming to try to keep the names, dates, and tribal factions straight, so it ends up being a little lost on me.The bigger thing, though, is that the seeing circles - the stated premise of the book's back cover - [...]


  • Cheryl Gatling

    Christina Lamb is a British journalist. In the 1980s she reported on the Afghans' war with Russia. She thrived on danger, disguising herself to get as close to the front as she could, riding on motorbikes with mujaheddin, some of whom would go on to become leaders of the Taliban, and one of whom, Hamid Karzai, who would go on to become President of Afghanistan. Then she returned home, married, and had a child. After 9/11 she went back. This time she found an Afghanistan struggling to recover fro [...]


  • Ron

    Not knowing Christina Lamb's reputation as an award-winning, hardcore journalist, I started this book expecting it to explore the domestic arts and social conditions of women in this regional center of Afghanistan. Wrong. Couldn't be more wrong. This is a hard-hitting look at the combined political, military, and religious forces that over the last three decades have shattered this country.Not that Afghanistan was ever a peaceable kingdom, its brief periods of relative calm punctuated over 5000 [...]


  • Kelly

    I devour books on the Middle East and South Asia, particularly memoirs and accounts written by journalists. I found this to be one of the better ones. The author deftly merges history, personal experiences, anecdotes, and current events. I found myself within a page "seeing" her surroundings, placing the area in a historical context, meeting those who lived their currently, and capturing her impressions of the place and people. So many journalistic accounts tend to be weak in one of these areas [...]


  • Thurston Hunger

    Book club selection that was a good read for me, albeit as others have noted this is not solely the tale of a brave band of Afghani women holding their minds and lives together under the auspices of a stitching collective.Indeed the time spent in the Sewing Circle is minimal at best.Basically Christina Lamb is kind of a Joanie on the spot. With a Bhutto wedding invite and then unfettered access to Hamid Karzai and others (before Karzai became President of Afghanistan), she has a glimpse that man [...]


  • Agnes Goyvaerts

    I very much enjoyed Christina Lamb's "The Sewing Circles of Herat" It is a great account of the modern history of Afghanistan and it takes the reader through some harrowing stories of life there during the occupation by Russia, and then the Taliban. Great historical interest, also human interest, I'm thinking of the account where she relates the destruction but also the saving of paintings and works of art, Afghanistan's culture, much of which was destroyed by the Taliban. I enjoyed the referenc [...]


  • Tracy

    An adventuresome read and an amazing narrative on this ancient and fascinating land, based on the author's sojourns both in pre-Taliban Afghanistan and after the Taliban's fall post-9/11. Lamb does an excellent job of capturing the sights, sounds, smells and feelings of the places and people she encounters. Some of the incidents she relates are hair-raising (e.g crouching in the trenches with the mujaheddin, drinking mud-puddle water and eating sand-crabs while awaiting a break in enemy fire); o [...]


  • Ariane Alana

    This has got to be one of the most powerful books I have ever read. I feel like I want to hug this book -metaphorically, because I already did literally-. Beyond the stereotypes; the beard, the weapon and the chanting, and even transcending the tragedy, Christina Lamb captures humanity at its best in Afghan people. Much importance is placed on how the Afghans hold art and beauty dearly in their hearts throughout its long history of civilization. With masterful writing skill, events unfolded almo [...]


  • Elgin

    This is the third book I have read about Afghanistan, but the first that focused on personal accounts of some of the Afghan people. There are some very inspiring stories and some very disturbing ones here. One of the most disturbing was Lamb's interview of a (repentant?) torturer for the Taliban, who went into great detail about the things they did to prisoners. There are also equally disturbing interviews with people who survived Taliban imprisonment. But there were also very inspiring stories [...]


  • Cecily

    I was interested in this book after my mom read me portions of it in preparation for her book group on A Thousand Splendid Suns. What she read me caught my attention, and that attention was maintained as I read the book. Lamb is a journalist, yet sometimes her descriptions were beautiful (I guess you can assume that I don't expect beauty from journalists) and disturbing.Ryan commented after reading the first letter from Marri that it there was an ethical raised by Lamb publishing this girl's let [...]


  • Noel

    Let me preface this by saying that I read this in 2011 and I didn't read it cover to cover. The book was published in 2002 and would have been way better had I read it then. It's not a "readable" book, as it's packed with historic notes, dates, supplemental anecdotes and other bits that bog it down. In the first 150 pages or so, there is no mention whatsoever of any sewing circles, it was mostly background information on how the author got to be in Herat and her experience with the Mujaheddin to [...]


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