The Boy with Two Hearts
** BBC RADIO 4 BOOK OF THE WEEK 29 JUNE – 3 JULY 2020 READ BY SANJEEV BHASKAR (GOODNESS GRACIOUS ME, THE KUMARS AT NO. 42 AND MORE) **
‘Enthralling … A fascinating insight’ Daily Mail
‘An inspiring read’ Nihal Arthanayake, BBC Radio 5 Live
A powerful tale of a family in crisis, and a moving love letter to the NHS.
Herat, Afghanistan, 2000. A
mother speaks out against the
fundamentalist leaders of her
country. Meanwhile, her family’s
watchful eyes never leave their
beloved son and brother, whose
rare heart condition means that
he will never lead a normal life.
When the Taliban gave an order for
the execution of Hamed Amiri’s mother,
the family knew they had to escape,
starting what would be a long and
dangerous journey, across Russia and
through Europe, with the UK as their
Travelling as refugees for a year and a
half, they suffered attacks from mafia and
police; terrifying journeys in strangers’
cars; treks across demanding terrain;
days spent hidden in lorries without food
or drink; and being robbed at gunpoint of
every penny they owned.
The family’s need to reach the UK
was intensified by their eldest son’s
deteriorating condition, and the prospect
of life-saving treatment it offered.
The Boy with Two Hearts is not only a
tale of a family in crisis, but a love letter
to the NHS, which provided hope and
reassurance as they sought asylum in the
UK and fought to save their loved ones.
'An inspiring read' -- Nihal Arthanayake, BBC Radio 5 Live 'Enthralling' -- Daily Mail 'A powerful read. Truly epitomises the strength of the human spirit' -- Asifa Lahore - Britain's First Out Muslim Drag Queen and LGBT+ activist
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