• The Dabblers

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

Queen's Gambit Walter Tevis

Hajar's mother joins us for this episode!

A former teacher with a degree in English and American Literature, we remembered why Trudi Miles is 'quite good to talk about books with'.

We discuss what we all agreed was the stunning 2003 debut from Khaled Hosseini and gave a little airtime to a few Amazon reviews.

Expect Trudi and Hajar's memories of Iran, deep dives into morality and parenting, and Curtis barely saying two words without getting interrupted.

If you haven't read this book yet, we definitely recommend you do.

Publisher’s Blurb

The first of the defeated kites whirled out of control. They fell from the sky like shooting stars with brilliant, rippling tails, showering the neighbourhood.

Amir and Hassan grow up together in Kabul. Amir in the beautiful house his father built, filled with marble, gold, tapestries and mosaics; Hassan in the modest mud hut in the servants' quarters.

The two are inseparable, and when twelve-year-old Amir is desperate to win the local kite-fighting tournament, his loyal friend promises to help him. But neither boy can predict what will happen to Hassan that afternoon – as the kites soar over the city – and how it will change their lives forever.

Read the book, listen to the podcast, and tell us what you think.