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Reviews

A precious collection of work, the first and maybe last of its kind. My Pen Is the Wing of a Bird is a huge accomplishment
Monique Roffey, author of THE MERMAID OF BLACK CONCH
Powerful, profound and deeply moving, new fiction by Afghan women writers will expand your mind and elevate your heart
Elif Shafak
No-one aware of the harrowing events currently playing out in Afghanistan and, in particular, the catastrophic effect this has had on the lives of women, can be unmoved by their plight. The risk of womens' voices being lost and their freedoms eradicated is very high. This book is like a little light shining into the lives of women in Afghanistan. It's a beautiful read
Jo Brand
Sometimes, life is having beautiful dreams in a nightmare. The authors of this book express their longing to escape a nightmare and build a liveable world. A liveable world for everyone, but especially for women at a time when their body and soul are being destroyed
Burhan Sonmez, President of PEN International
Here we have stories of the everyday and extraordinary lives of Afghan women, all of them written before the Taliban took power in August 2021. Today, these women writers live under the harshest of conditions, their everyday human rights, as women, revoked. This book is a precious collection of work, the first and maybe last of its kind. My Pen is the Wing of a Bird is a huge accomplishment
Monique Roffey
These are extraordinary and intense glimpses into a shuttered world, written by women who have to struggle daily to make their voices heard
Lissa Evans
If fiction offers a window into the world, this is a book of stories you need to open
Romesh Gunasekera