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Duration:
30 minutes
First broadcast:
Saturday 07 August 2010

Sandi Toksvig is joined by mountaineer and adventurer Suzy Madge who has recently returned from a horse, ski and mountaineering odyssey in Afghanistan. With no proper maps or photos to guide her, she travelled along the Silk Route in north east Afghanistan on horse, foot and ski. Mountainous valleys where only a handful of Westerners have been since Marco Polo in 1271, discovering a world of Kyrgyz nomads where no one has climbed or seen skis, far away from the bombs and Burkas of this beautiful country.

Sandi also talks to travel writer Jason Elliot who first visited Afghanistan in the 1980s, aged just nineteen, during the mujahideen's war against the Soviets. His latest book is a thriller set in the months leading up to 9/11.

They'll be joined by BBC foreign news correspondent Jill McGivering who has travelled extensively across Asia and reported from Afghanistan. Her novel is inspired by a real incident she experienced whilst being embedded with British troops in Helmand Province.

Producer: Harry Parker.

  • Jason Elliot

    Jason Elliot is an award winning travel writer. He first visited Afghanistan in the 1980s, aged just nineteen, when he went to live with the Afghan resistance. This experience left a lasting impression on him. He has been back to Afghanistan many times since then and seen many different ruling regimes. The Network is his first novel, set in Afghanistan.

    The Network
    Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
    ISBN-10: 140880347X
    ISBN-13: 978-1408803479

    An Unexpected Light: Travels in Afghanistan
    Publisher: Picador
    ISBN-10: 0330371622
    ISBN-13: 978-0330371629

    Find out more about Jason Elliot
  • Jill McGivering

    Jill McGivering is a BBC foreign correspondent, specialising in Asia. She travels extensively across the Asian region (including Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and China), covering major news stories and carrying out in-depth investigations. Jill's latest book and her first novel, 'The Last Kestrel' is inspired by first-hand experience that she had whilst in Afghanistan in 2007 of an Afghan family being bombed. She was embedded with British troops in Helmand Province when they launched an anti-Taliban offensive.

    The Last Kestrel
    Publisher: Blue Door
    ISBN-10: 0007338171
    ISBN-13: 978-0007338177

    Find out more about Jill McGivering
  • Suzy Madge

    Suzy Madge is a record-breaking adventure athlete, a ski mountaineer, a motivational speaker, an award winning film maker, a tour guide and a life coach. She has represented Great Britain in tennis and adventure racing. With Anna Torretta, the Italian world champion ice climber, Suzy went on a horse, ski mountaineering odyssey in Afghanistan. With no proper maps or photos to guide them, they travelled along the Silk Route in north east Afghanistan on horse, foot and ski.

    Find out more about Suzy Madge

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