The gardener of Lashkar Gah

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'The Gardener of Lashkar Gah' follows the journey of Shaista Gul, a kind man who built a beautiful garden inside a British military base in Helmand Province that became famous as a calm oasis for soldiers with troubled minds. Larisa Brown has spent hundreds of hours talking to members of the Gul family and others in order to tell their remarkable story. She unspools a tale of courage, hope and sacrifice - with the beauty of the garden and the hopes and dreams of the family counterpointed against the violence, anger and chaos raging in Afghanistan at the time. The betrayal of many of the interpreters and others who worked for the British and American armies is still being revealed. By telling one family's bittersweet experience, this book provides a unique and powerful insight into the devastating effects on ordinary Afghans of the end of the disastrous 'War on Terror'.