The Taliban Cricket Club
“A moving, splendidly realized story of courage and grit in modern-day Kabul.”
—Vikas Swarup, author of Slumdog Millionaire
A harrowing yet tender novel—Bend It Like Beckham in a burka—The Taliban Cricket Club is a moving and unforgettable tale of one woman’s courage and guile in the face of terror and tyranny. Set in war-torn Kabul, Afghanistan, this extraordinary new fiction by Timeri N. Murari, acclaimed author of the international bestseller, Taj, is a sweeping story of love, family, resilience, and survival, featuring an unforgettable heroine determined to help her loved ones win their freedom with a bat and a ball.
Praise For The Taliban Cricket Club: A Novel…
— National Geographic Traveler
“Fans of Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner will here find a similarly uplifting story about good people surviving their horrific circumstances. . . . Murari has crafted a tense, compelling story.”
— Library Journal
“There is a twist in the tale—and it is a clever one.”
— San Francisco Chronicle
— New York Post
“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
“A moving, splendidly realized story of courage and grit in modern-day Kabul. I was won over by Murari’s uplifting and vastly entertaining sporting tale, which reaffirms the power of friendship, fellowship, and love in the face of all forms of tyranny.”
— Vikas Swarup, author of Slumdog Millionaire and Six Suspects
“A lovely, diverting and moving tale of contemporary Kabul, about love, courage, passion, tyranny and cricket. Murari has an uncommon tale to tell, and does so with imagination and empathy.”
— Shashi Tharoor, award-winning author of The Great Indian Novel
“A compelling novel about cricket in war-torn Kabul, narrated by a young woman who refuses to be silenced by the Taliban.”
— Shelf Awareness
Ecco, 9780062091253, 336pp.
Publication Date: May 15, 2012
About the Author
TIMERI N. MURARI is an award-winning writer, filmmaker and playwright who began his career as a journalist at The Kingston Whig Standard in Ontario, Canada. TIME magazine chose his film The Square Circle as one of the top ten of the year. He has published fiction and non-fiction, and his bestselling novel Taj, a story of Mughal India, was translated into twenty-one languages. In 2006, he published a memoir, My Temporary Son, exploring his relationship with a desperately ill orphan. Murari now lives with his wife in his ancestral home in Madras, India. Visit him online at timerimurari.com.