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Drunk Chickens and Burnt Macaroni
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Drunk Chickens and Burnt Macaroni

Subtitle Real Stories of Afghan Women
By Mary Smith
ISBN 9781907401947
Category social (life with Afghan women)
Winter 2012


Mary Smith takes readers on a journey from Afghanistans northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif to the remote Hazara Jat region providing a remarkable insight into the lives of the women with whom she lived and worked. Their stories are in turn humorous and poignant, full of surprises and ultimately uplifting.

Author's Biography

Mary Smith is a writer, poet and freelance journalist. Her poetry collection, Thousands Pass Here Every Day, was published in 2012. She lived in Afghanistan for many years, working with Afghan women on health projects, which brings a high degree of authenticity to her work. Her novel, No More Mulberries is set in Afghanistan.


    "Drunk Chickens and Burnt Macaroni is honest and unsentimental, intimate and comical, bringing Afghanistan into focus beyond the headlines and political posturings." Robin Yassin-Kassab, author, journalist. Mary Smith's book gets behind the news bulletins and shows what it is really like to be a woman in Afghanistan. Margaret Elphinstone , Author, ËœThe Gathering Night At last, a book about Afghanistan written by someone who obviously has a deep understanding and fondness for this troubled land and its peoples. Eileen Ramsay

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Reader Comments

A wonderful book that delivers some much needed perspective and context to the conflict.
This is an exceedingly good book. Mary Smith shows great understanding of the people she worked with, and others she met, in Afghanistan and her descriptions are sympathetic, sometimes humerous and always interesting.
She shows her deep understanding of women in the Middle East. Most enjoyable read.
I don't read a lot of nonfiction, but this read with all the interest of a good literary fiction book
Great title.
Brilliant book, but then her novel No More Mulberries was also brilliant.
Excellent, a really good read
I LOVE this book it made me think about women around the world and how different we are - yet we are all the same! A look beyond the news fed headlines from someone who was there- refreshing and inspiring! Kath
A brilliant read, interesting and makes these people feel real in a way you never get from the news. Thoroughly recommended.
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