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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.

In the summer of 1978, Victoria Schofield travelled to Pakistan to join her friend Benazir Bhutto, whose father, the former Pakistani prime minister, was facing charges of treason following a military coup. In the fevered and desperate context of Bhutto's trial and subsequent execution, their university friendship grew into a deeper bond that would last a lifetime, ended only by Benazir's assassination in 2007.

Schofield's memoir sheds light on the troubled recent history of a turbulent region, and affectionately charts Benazir's transformation from Oxford undergraduate to political activist, prisoner and one of the most charismatic and controversial figures in South Asian politics – a woman whose life and career were defined by tragedy.

Praise for The Fragrance of Tears:

'Sheds light on the human side of a courageous politician who could not escape her dynastic destiny' Financial Times

'Abounds with behind-the-scenes gems' Spectator

'The story of a remarkable woman, but not as history has already written it ... Could only have been written by someone like Victoria Schofield' Lyse Doucet, BBC Chief International Correspondent

'Humanises Benazir, whose iconic political status has often obscured the human being' Literary Review

'Beautifully written and deeply moving ... Schofield captures the person – dutiful daughter, erstwhile matchmaker, loyal friend, and, above all, courageous woman' Peter Galbraith

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.


'Sheds light on the human side of a courageous politician who could not escape her dynastic destiny' Financial Times

'Abounds with behind-the-scenes gems ... Gives a vivid sense of a courageous leader, and of Pakistan's wild charms' Spectator

'The story of a remarkable woman, but not as history has already written it ... Could only have been written by someone like Victoria Schofield' Lyse Doucet, BBC Chief International Correspondent

'Humanises Benazir, whose iconic political status has often obscured the human being' Literary Review

'A moving insight into a friendship and the family life of a politician facing challenges of a kind we in the West can scarcely imagine' The Parliamentarian

'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

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