Jemima Goldsmith was just 21 when she married Imram Khan, converted to Islam, began to learn Urdu and moved into his extended family house in Lahore. During the next decade she came to know and love Pakistan, “the land of the Pure”, in all its bewildering complexity and contradictions. In this book she revisits the country she got to know in the 1990s, undertaking a journey which begins in Lahore, moves north to Peshawar and Islamabad, and then heads down to Karachi. Along the way she encounters a dazzling array of people – the ordinary and the extraordinary - who illustrate the paradoxes of this remarkable country. Pakistan encompasses 165 million people, several hundred tribes and more than a dozen languages, and is a very different place from the land of bearded zealots and military dictators of Western stereotype.
PAKISTAN will be accessible and anecdotal, a witty and revealing portrait of a country at the febrile epicentre of world affairs.
Author: Khan, Jemima
Publisher: UK: Virago
Schedule: Delivery: Spring 2013