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Mail Online review Dispatches from the Kabul Cafe

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Dispatches From The Kabul Cafe

by Heidi Kingstone

(Advance Editions £10.99)

Samuel Johnson once wrote that ‘every man thinks meanly of himself for not having been a soldier’. Perhaps the modern female equivalent of that dream of military heroism is the job of foreign correspondent in a war zone, which has a certain gritty glamour.

Canadian journalist Heidi Kingstone has reported from an impressively long list of global trouble spots, including Sierra Leone, Darfur, Israel-Palestine and Iraq.

From 2007 until 2011, she lived in Afghanistan, embedding herself in local culture and writing about everything from shopping in Kabul to the 2010 Badakhshan massacre, in which ten foreign aid workers were murdered.

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