If travel books came with warnings, [this one] would read Caution, may inspire actual voyage. --Time
...It might seem madness to publish a guide of nearly 800 pages to a country that is still on the Foreign Office blacklist , but this one, strong on history and sumptuously produced, can be enjoyed even by adventurers who never leave their armchair... --Daily telegraph - UK
Thorough and beautifully illustrated, this book is a comprehensive and fun window into Afghan history, culture, and traditions. A must-have for travel readers and a gripping read for anyone with even a passing interest in Afghanistan. --Khaled Hosseini, author of The Kite Runner
Binjan Omrani attended Lincoln College, Oxford. His research interests include Euripides, mysticism, Henry Purcell and the history of the Afghan-Pakistan frontier. He is the author and editor of various works on Central Asia, and also a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society and the Royal Geographical Society. He teaches Classics at Westminster School
Matthew Leeming read first Theology and then Management at Oxford. In between he ran a tile manufacturing business with factories in England and India. He first visited Afghanistan in 1993 to help re-start the world's oldest tile factory in the Friday Mosque in Herat. His articles in The Spectator have been syndicated internationally and he has also written on Afghanistan for the Times, Sunday Telegraph and the literary journal AretT. He has lectured and broadcast on Afghanistan all over the world and has written a travel book on the country for Pan Macmillan.
Elizabeth Chatwin attended Radcliffe College in Cambridge, Massachusetts and, upon graduating, came to London to work at Sotheby's auction house.