Mary Smith - Author, Poet and Journalist

Drunk Chickens and Burnt Macaroni: Real Stories of Afghan Women

Drunk Chickens and Burnt Macaroni provides a remarkable insight into the lives of women in Afghanistan. Despite the hardships in their lives - and there are many - they are not all helpless downtrodden victims but women of courage, determined to make the best of life for themselves and their families. Mary Smith, who worked in Afghanistan for several years, takes readers on a journey from the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif to the remote mountainous region of Hazara Jat, allowing them to get to know these women and their families.


 “At last, a book about Afghanistan written by someone who not only lived and worked there for several years but who obviously has a deep understanding and fondness for this troubled land and its peoples.”
Eileen Ramsay, Award-winning author

“Drunk Chickens and Burnt Macaroni” is honest and unsentimental, intimate and comical, bringing Afghanistan into focus beyond the headlines and political posturings.”
Robin Yassin-Kassab, Author, journalist, political blogger

Drunk Chickens and Burnt Macaroni: Real Stories of Afghan Women can be ordered from Amazon here or from Indigo Dreams Publishing here





Drunk Chickens and Burnt Macaroni book cover

 “Mary Smith’s book gets
behind the news bulletins and shows what it is really like to
be a woman in Afghanistan.”

Margaret Elphinstone
Author, ‘The Gathering Night’