In Granta 112: Pakistan, Jamil Ahmad made his fiction debut with ‘The Sins of the Mother’. At seventy-eight, he has just published his first book, The Wandering Falcon. In it, Ahmad weaves together a series of interconnected short stories based on the Tribal Areas of Pakistan – the semi-autonomous tribal belt territories which run along Iran and Afghanistan’s borders – where he worked as a civil servant before retiring.
Granta Deputy Editor Ellah Allfrey joined Jamil Ahmad to talk about his new book and his working life, and about publishing after retirement.
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The Granta Podcast Episode 19 by yigarashi
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