A Thousand Splendid Suns

Seeta Indrani reads from Khaled Hosseini's eagerly awaited second novel.

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012007092420081124 (BBC7)
20091005 (BBC7)
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Two women, whose lives collide under the brutal Taliban regime, develop an unlikely friendship characterised by fierce loyalty and profound affection.

Mariam, a young girl, lives in Afghanistan.

Her life is set to change.

Khaled Hosseini's story read by Seeta Indrani.

Young Afghanistan girl Mariam's life is about to change.

Read by Seeta Indrani.

Young Mariam's life is about to change. Seeta Indrani reads Khaled Hosseini's story of two Afghan women across three decades.

Young Mariam's life is about to change. Seeta Indrani reads Khaled Hosseini's story.

022007092520081125 (BBC7)
20091006 (BBC7)
20091007 (BBC7)
20101207 (BBC7)
20120327 (BBC7)

After the death of her mother, Mariam is taken to stay at her father's house.

The reality of living with his three wives and her half-brothers and sisters is far from the dream existence she had always imagined.

Mariam goes to stay with her father, who reveals his plans for her future.

Mariam, a young girl, lives in Afghanistan.

Her life is set to change.

Khaled Hosseini's story read by Seeta Indrani.

Young Mariam goes to stay with her father, who reveals his plans for her future.

Young Mariam goes to stay with her father, who reveals his plans for her future. Khaled Hosseini's story read by Seeta Indrani.

032007092620081126 (BBC7)
20091007 (BBC7)
20091008 (BBC7)
20101208 (BBC7)
20120328 (BBC7)

Fifteen-year-old Mariam has been forcibly married to a shoemaker from Kabul, 30 years her senior.

She begins her new life 650 miles from home.

Mariam tries to be a dutiful wife despite Rashid's behaviour.

Khaled Hosseini's story read by Seeta Indrani.

Mariam tries to be a dutiful wife despite her husband Rasheed's behaviour.

Mariam tries to be a dutiful wife despite her husband Rasheed's behaviour. Khaled Hosseini's story read by Seeta Indrani.

042007092720081127 (BBC7)
20091008 (BBC7)
20091009 (BBC7)
20101209 (BBC7)
20120329 (BBC7)

A few houses down the street from where Mariam lives with her husband, nine-year-old Laila is pining for her playmate Tariq, who has gone to stay with his uncle in Ghazni.

Her mother pines for her sons, who are fighting with the Mujahideen.

Nine-year-old Laila perceives the destruction war wreaks on her family.

Khaled Hosseini's story read by Seeta Indran.

Nine-year-old Laila perceives the destruction that war wreaks on her family.

Khaled Hosseini's story read by Seeta Indrani.

Nine-year-old Laila perceives the destruction that war wreaks on her family. Khaled Hosseini's story read by Seeta Indrani.

052007092820081128 (BBC7)
20091009 (BBC7)
20091010 (BBC7)
20101210 (BBC7)
20120330 (BBC7)

Soviet troops leave Kabul and the Mujahideen prepare to leave the mountains and reclaim their city.

Laila's heart is filled only with thoughts of Tariq.

The Russians leave Afghanistan but for Laila and her family peace is short-lived.

Khaled Hosseini's story read by Seeta Indrani.

The Russians leave Afghanistan, but for Laila the peace is short-lived.

The Russians leave Afghanistan, but for Laila the peace is short-lived. Khaled Hosseini's epic story read by Seeta Indrani.

062007100120081201 (BBC7)
20091012 (BBC7)
20091013 (BBC7)
20101213 (BBC7)
20120402 (BBC7)

Laila's house is turned to rubble by a rocket attack and both her parents are killed.

Rasheed brings her home to be looked after by Mariam.

Laila has been orphaned.

She hears news of Tariq.

Meanwhile, Rasheed has plans.

Khaled Hosseini's story read by Seeta Indrani.

Orphaned by war, young Laila hears news of Tariq.

Rasheed has plans.

Orphaned by war, young Laila hears news of Tariq. Rasheed has plans. Khaled Hosseini's story read by Seeta Indrani.

Orphaned by war, young Laila hears news of Tariq. Rasheed has plans.

072007100220081202 (BBC7)
20091013 (BBC7)
20091014 (BBC7)
20101214 (BBC7)
20120403 (BBC7)

After the pain of having to share her husband with Laila, Mariam is devastated to discover the girl is pregnant.

But when the new parents return home with their baby, Rasheed is barely speaking to his young wife.

Laila and Mariam become close.

An unhappy Rasheed imposes his violent will.

Khaled Hosseini's story read by Seeta Indrani.

As Mariam and Laila grow close, angry husband Rasheed imposes his violent will.

As Mariam and Laila grow close, angry husband Rasheed imposes his violent will. Khaled Hosseini's story read by Seeta Indrani.

082007100320081203 (BBC7)
20091014 (BBC7)
20091015 (BBC7)
20101215 (BBC7)
20120404 (BBC7)

As the Taliban take over Kabul, Laila is relieved that her father is no longer alive to witness the devastation.

The oppressive regime is mirrored at home as Rasheed's sour temper is only lightened by the presence of his long-awaited son.

The Taliban arrive bringing great change.

Aziza has to leave home.

Khaled Hosseini's story read by Seeta Indrani.

The Taliban arrive bringing brutal change.

As the Taliban brings brutal change, the orphanage is set for a new arrival. Khaled Hosseini's story read by Seeta Indrani.

As the Taliban brings brutal change, the orphanage is set for a new arrival.

092007100420081204 (BBC7)
20091015 (BBC7)
20091016 (BBC7)
20101216 (BBC7)
20120405 (BBC7)

As poverty spreads throughout Kabul, Laila has been forced by Tariq to take her daughter to an orphanage.

Returning home from visiting her one day, she finds Tariq on her doorstep.

Rasheed learns of Tariq's arrival and reacts furiously.

Khaled Hosseini's story read by Seeta Indrani.

Rasheed reacts furiously when he learns of Tariq's visit to Laila. Khaled Hosseini's story read by Seeta Indrani.

Rasheed reacts furiously when he learns of Tariq's visit to Laila.

10 LAST2007100520081205 (BBC7)
20091016 (BBC7)
20091017 (BBC7)
20101217 (BBC7)
20120406 (BBC7)

Laila and Tariq have escaped to Pakistan with the children.

Laila realises that although in many ways she has the life she once dreamt of, it has been at an unbearable price.

As the Taliban are forced out of Afghanistan, she longs to return home to take part in her country's reconstruction.

Laila and Tariq are reunited but she still misses Mariam.

Khaled Hosseini's story read by Seeta Indrani.

Laila and Tariq are reunited, but she still misses Mariam. Khaled Hosseini's story read by Seeta Indrani.