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The Fragrance of Tears
15 Oct 2020 * HARDBACK * £25 * 9781789544459

A memoir of Victoria Schofield's thirty-year friendship with her Oxford contemporary, Benazir Bhutto. who rose to be one of the most powerful politicians in Asia, set against a backdrop of seismic political events.

Non Fiction / BM (Memoir)
Extent: 352 pages  Format: 234 x 153 mm
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The Black Watch
Also by Victoria Schofield
The Fragrance of Tears: My Friendship with Benazir BhuttoVictoria Schofield

A memoir of Victoria Schofield's thirty-year friendship with her Oxford contemporary, Benazir Bhutto.

Born to a wealthy and influential Pakistani family that has dominated the centre-left Pakistan Peoples Party since its founding in 1967, Benazir Bhutto twice served as prime minister of her country (thereby becoming the first woman to head a democratic government in a predominantly Muslim nation); she was assassinated in December 2007 while attempting a political comeback.

Schofield's memoir provides first-hand insights into Bhutto's transformation from Oxford undergraduate to political activist, prisoner and politician against the backdrop of an increasingly turbulent region. Drawing on diaries and letters, Schofield narrates with affection and emotional honesty the trajectory of her close and enduring bond with one of the most charismatic and controversial figures in South Asian politics – and a woman whose life and career were defined by tragedy.

Praise for The Fragrance of Tears:

'The story of a remarkable woman, but not as history has already written it. This intimate account could only have been written by someone like Victoria Schofield, who stood next to Benazir in everyday and earth-shaking moments, both as an astute observer and loyal friend' Lyse Doucet, BBC Chief International Correspondent

'A beautifully written and deeply moving account of Victoria Schofield's 33-year friendship with Benazir Bhutto. In the true style of memoir, she captures the person – dutiful daughter, erstwhile matchmaker, loyal friend, and, above all, courageous woman' Peter Galbraith, US Diplomat and Foreign Policy Adviser

 
Victoria Schofield is a historian and commentator on international affairs, with special expertise on South Asia. Her published books include Kashmir in Conflict, The Highland Furies, The Black Watch, and The Fragrance of Tears: My Friendship with Benazir Bhutto. She has also contributed to numerous media outlets, including the Sunday Telegraph, The Times, Independent, and Spectator.

The touching story of a thirty-year friendship.

A story of social and cultural change in Pakistan, as well as politics.

Offers a fascinating array of eye-witness glimpses of social and political life across three decades, from Oxford in the 1970s to Pakistan in the 2000s.

MARKET: Christina Lamb; Julie Kavanagh; Valerie Boyd.


'The story of a remarkable woman, but not as history has already written it. This intimate account could only have been written by someone like Victoria Schofield, who stood next to Benazir in everyday and earth-shaking moments, both as an astute observer and loyal friend' Lyse Doucet, BBC Chief International Correspondent

'A beautifully written and deeply moving account of Victoria Schofield's 33-year friendship with Benazir Bhutto. In the true style of memoir, she captures the person – dutiful daughter, erstwhile matchmaker, loyal friend, and, above all, courageous woman' Peter Galbraith, US Diplomat and Foreign Policy Adviser

'Abounds with behind-the-scenes gems ... The book gives a vivid sense of a courageous leader, and of Pakistan's wild charms ... It is a moving insider's account of the first woman to become prime minister of a modern Muslim state' Spectator

'Successfully sheds light on the human side of a courageous politician who could not escape her dynastic destiny and paid the ultimate price for her ambition' Financial Times

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