The boy known as Tor Baz— the black falcon— wanders between tribes. He
meets men who fight under different flags, and women who risk everything
if they break their society's code of honour. Where has he come from,
and where will destiny take him? Set in the decades before the rise of
the Taliban, Jamil Ahmad's stunning debut takes us to the essence of
human life in the forbidden areas where the borders of Pakistan, Iran
and Afghanistan meet. Today the 'tribal areas' are often spoken about as
a remote region, a hotbed of conspiracies, drone attacks and conflict.
In The Wandering Falcon, this highly traditional, honour-bound culture
is revealed from the inside for the first time. With rare tenderness and
perception, Jamil Ahmad describes a world of custom and cruelty, of
love and gentleness, of hardship and survival; a fragile, unforgiving
world that is changing as modern forces make themselves known. With the
fate-defying story of Tor Baz, he has written an unforgettable novel of
insight, compassion and timeless wisdom.