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  • Carlos Ruiz Zafon: The Shadow of the Wind

    Carlos Ruiz Zafon: The Shadow of the Wind
    The discovery of a forgotten book leads to a hunt for an elusive author who may or may not still be alive...This book was a real page-turner. I couldn't put it down.

  • Amitav Ghosh: The Hungry Tide

    Amitav Ghosh: The Hungry Tide
    The Hungry Tide is a rich, exotic saga set in Calcutta and in the vast archipelago of islands in the Bay of Bengal. Beautifully written and believable, well-rounded characters.

  • Michela Wrong: In the Footsteps of Mr Kurtz

    Michela Wrong: In the Footsteps of Mr Kurtz
    Wonderfully written and an interesting portayal of the Congo and its extraordinary dictator Mobutu. The sheer level of corruption that took place under Mobutu means that in some ways this book reads as fiction rather than fact.

  • Jane Fletcher Geniesse: Passionate Nomad
    A fascinating book about the life of Freya Stark. I really didn't know very much about her - what an amazing woman.
  • Khaled Hosseini: The Kite Runner
    This is an extraordinary novel about moral courage and cowardice, human flaws and forgiveness set against the backdrop of Afghanistan. It gives a fantastic insight into Afghani culture and about how societies cope when they are uprooted and have to start again.
  • Ian Rankin: Fleshmarket Close
    You can't beat Rankin or Rebus for memories of Edinburgh.
  • William Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night's Dream

    William Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night's Dream
    We're in it....

  • Ryszard Kapuscinski: The Emperor

    Ryszard Kapuscinski: The Emperor
    Personal insights into Haile Selassie's reign from all the people closest to him...from his pillow-bearers to his spies.

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Yohannes Assefa

Welcome back, Amber!!

Heidi Breeze-Harris

I'm so glad that you are writing about fistula. I am the co-founder of a volunteer initiative called One By One ( that supports the Campaign to End Fistula which works with and supports the Addis Hospital along with fistula prevention and treatment programs in 35 countries in sub-Saharan Africa, Asia and some Arab states. We are very inspired by the Addis hospital and their ground breaking work in Ethiopia. We are so grateful for the amazing work of Dr. Catherine Hamlin and her entire staff and of course the amazing folks at the Fistula Foundation.

We want to spread the word that fistula is a problem in Ethiopia and in many other places as well. We hope that your work with BBC and all the different grassroots programs like ours will spur more people get into action to give money to the Addis hospital and to the Campaign to End Fistula through One By One.

It is so easy to help one woman overcome this terrible condition and we support any way that people get involved! I'm glad to read about your trip and now will go looking for your BBC piece, or you can send me the link!

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