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David Loyn has been a foreign correspondent for more than 25 years, and was the only foreign reporter with the Taliban when they took Kabul in 1996. In 2006, he spent time with a local Taliban commander travelling through Helmand, protected from death only by the fact that he was a guest -- his security was the Pashtun honour code. He has covered conflicts on three continents, and won major awards for both TV and radio reporting, including 'Journalist of the Year' in the Royal Television Society Awards in 1999. His first book Frontline was shortlisted for the Orwell Prize.
October 2011 Guest Editor Philippa Gregory on David Loyn... I am an historian by absolute instinct and I have been thinking about Afghanistan and so read Rudyard Kipling’s Kim and then this pacey history of European intervention in what the Victorians called the North west Frontier – meaning Afghanistan, north-west of India. Loyn tells some extraordinary stories of heroism and folly as the British pursued their imperial mission into Afghanistan and failed in some of the most brutal incidents. Again and again I read the names of villages and towns which occur in the news today. Nobody who read this book would ever have engaged in a ground war in Afghanistan. If only our leaders were made to study history.