Welcome to the website of author Jill McGivering which gives information about her
books, interviews and latest events. She has worked in journalism for 25 years. She
is currently a senior foreign news correspondent with the BBC having previously held
the position of South Asia Correspondent (based in Delhi). Now based in London, she
travels extensively for the BBC including assignments to Afghanistan, Pakistan and
China. Including her two novels she has written non-fiction, short fiction and plays.
Far from my Father’s House
Survival is hard in a land where no woman can live alone
Layla is just thirteen when the men with the beards and guns burn down her beloved
father’s school and begin to terrorise the Swat valley region of Pakistan.
She has to flee, exchanging the tranquil beauty of the Himalayas for the squalor
of a camp for refugees from the Taliban near Peshawar. With her life torn apart by
tragedy, Layla must choose between the old fashioned way of life with her family
- or a journey into independence which could threaten her very survival.
Trying to find out what lies behind mysterious deaths at the camp is foreign correspondent
Ellen Thomas. As a strong woman in a man’s world, Ellen is used to risking her life
to uncover the truth. United by the gentle schoolteacher who had risked his life
to save books, the paths of Layla and Ellen collide in a common cause.