The Kite Runner is the first novel by Afghan-American creator Khaled Hosseini. Announced in 2003 by Riverhead Books, it tells the story of Amir, a young man from the Wazir Akbar Khan district of Kabul.
Afghanistan, 1975: Twelve-year-old Amir is desperate to win the local kite-fighting tournament and his loyal friend Hassan promises to help him. But neither of the boys can foresee what will happen to Hassan that afternoon, an event that is to shatter their lives. After the Russians invade and the family is forced to flee to America, Amir realises that one day he must return to Afghanistan under Taliban rule to find the one thing that his new world cannot grant him: redemption.
The number one bestseller, chosen as a Book of the Decade by The Times, Daily Telegraph and Guardian
'Devastating' Daily Telegraph
'Heartbreaking' The Times
'Unforgettable' Isabel Allende