Fatima Bhutto beats Jaswant Singh but Musharraf still leads

Published: April 15, 2010
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Signed copies of ‘Songs of Blood and Sword’ were not priced differently.

Signed copies of ‘Songs of Blood and Sword’ were not priced differently.

KARACHI: Fatima Bhutto’s “Songs of Blood and Sword” has been selling up to 15 copies a day, making it a better seller than former Indian foreign minister Jaswant Singh’s book on Jinnah but it has yet to overtake Pervez Musharraf’s memoir ‘In the Line of Fire’.

Readers started flocking to bookstores the day after ‘Songs’ was launched, March 30. “We sold ten copies and more customers have phoned in and reserved copies,” said one shop’s manager. “We were selling the signed copy at the same price as the unsigned ones and hence, the customers are very excited about it.”

The book, published by the Penguin group, is about a daughter’s love for her father and her search to uncover and to understand the truth of his life and death along with a history of the Bhutto family. A manager at a bookstore near Bilawal Chowk said the response was tremendous on the first day.

“We sold all 30 copies of the book in less than 24 hours and ordered about a hundred more from the head office,” he told The Express Tribune. The demand for this book is overtaking that of “A Case of Exploding Mangoes” by Mohammed Hanif, he added. The book is priced at Rs1,395. “It’s a collector’s item and is worth the price as it deals with a true subject,” said Ammara, an interested reader.

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  • Bilal Abbas
    Apr 15, 2010 - 7:56PM

    After a very long time I came across a book that I knew I had to finish in a go as soon as i read the first few sentences. I’m almost done with the book, at some points it seems to be full of self-projection and praise, but that’s understandable. I love the book and it has provided a very new insight, for me, into the Bhutto family’s rich and dark history that we all hear about and the not-so-innocent Benazir or Pinky or Wadi Bua. One senses a little bias here and there but that can be ignored considering where the writer is coming from. To sum it up: It’s a wonderful read and i wish i wasn’t reading it so quickly!Recommend

  • Asif Nawaz
    Apr 16, 2010 - 2:06PM

    Fatima is a gifted writer. It’ll be a treat if you hire her to write for your newspaper.Recommend

  • Shahzad Alam
    Apr 16, 2010 - 8:38PM

    Its on the table. Have glimpsed few pages. Ironically well drafted and quite effective in sustaining reader’s interest. Recommend

  • Soomro
    Apr 17, 2010 - 11:28AM

    She is inborn writer.Recommend

  • shakoor
    Apr 19, 2010 - 11:03PM

    The so called tragedy of the bhuttos is certainly more self-inficted than their followers will admit. More-over, Fatima hasn’t the foggiest idea about the realities of Pakistani politics. My suggestion to her is to stick to writing eloquent poetry and leave the serious prose to grown ups.Recommend

  • ashrafgandhi
    Apr 22, 2010 - 2:12AM

    bhuttos intellect is reflected in her writtings.May God bless herRecommend

  • Syed Irfan Ali Shah
    Apr 24, 2010 - 5:40PM

    Not very impressive. I seems that she wrote to humiliate Benazir Bhutto. Confused personality. She has benazir phobia!Recommend

  • Tausif Hanif,Editor of Yahoo News
    Apr 26, 2010 - 8:08PM

    she has a very nice flare of writing in a quite interesting wayRecommend

  • Gulzar Ahmed Sherwani
    Apr 26, 2010 - 8:39PM

    Fatima Bhutto belong to brave family of PakistanRecommend

  • syed salman
    May 12, 2010 - 6:03AM

    she is not confident grl ,, ,,, she wanna justice for her own father dats it,,, she is not intrested justice 4 pakistan. she iz stupid. she hav no idea dat wen pakistan got justice then every wen get justice. but she is selfish. she never get justice ,
    4 her father justice she must do somthing 4 pakistan,, otherwise she iz happy in with fans and writting rubbish books, these books are rubbish til she iz not start working 4 pakistan.
    urs dadRecommend

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