In a HardTalk Extra interview screened on 18 November, Gavin Esler spoke to journalist Asne Seierstad about her time living with an Afghan family after the fall of the Taleban, the book that resulted and the controversy it caused.
How typical was the Afghan family that Seierstad stayed with?
During the war in Iraq many journalists were "embedded" with American or British troops, and it's a practice that has changed the way that wars are reported and witnessed around the world.
But Norwegian journalist Asne Seierstad chose a different path. She embedded herself with an Afghan family after the overthrow of the Taleban.
The result -- a novel called "The Bookseller of Kabul" -- became a bestseller and sold two million copies. But it also outraged her Afghan hosts, who felt she had betrayed them.
She talks to Gavin Esler about her own personal clash of civilisations.
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