The Taliban Cricket Club: A Novel

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Harper Collins, May 15, 2012 - Fiction - 336 pages

“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.


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The Taliban Cricket Club by Timeri Murari is set in Afghanistan during the years that the Taliban was in control of that country. Rukshana is a journalist who cannot work at her craft under this ... Read full review

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Set in Afghanistan during the years (1996-2001) that the Taliban was in complete control, this novel rivals the scariest dystopian fiction. But its protagonist -- a young, well-educated, ambitious and ... Read full review


The Summons
The Announcement
The Confrontation
The Great Game
Writing the Letter
The Basement
The Way We Were
The Letter
The Disappointment
The Team
The Permit
Broken Promises
The Stadium
A Short Note
The Cricketers
Run for the Border

The Five Hundred Meters
The Proposal

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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

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