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The Last Kestrel-for fans of Kite Runner-have you read this?

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last kestrel

This book is a first novel by Journalist Jill McGivering and is a wonderful debut for those who liked The Kite Runner and it's sequel, The Bookseller of Kabul. It has a similar theme in that it deals with the war in Afghanistan.

The main character, Ellen Thomas, is an experienced war correspondent and returns to an Afghanistan Province on an assignment.

She is keen to find the murderer of her fellow worker, friend and translator, Jalil.

The story traces her journey and a series of co-incidences in meeting Hasina, who lives in a village which is taken by British Forces.

Hasini's only son, Aref, a young boy, is one of a network of underground fighters.

Ellen and Hasina are thrown together and the story goes on to tell what happens after this.

The Last Kestrel is a moving story of desperate lives caught up in the horrors of war.

My copy (pictured) is an uncorrected proof, and is therefore a plain cover, however the finished article has a more attractive cover.

Have you read this, and if so, what did you think of it?

How does it compare with the other two books by the different writer?

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I've read and enjoyed The Kite Runner several times - and loaned the book to friends and family - who also thoroughly enjoyed it. I'll have to read a copy of The Last Kestrel, thanks to your recommendation.
I'd be interested to see how you think it compares, Slang.
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