The Runaways is an electrifying novel by Fatima Bhutto exploring facets of Pakistani society and Muslim identity in the modern world. Spanning the slums of Karachi and a seaside English town, it traces the story of three people who are forced to make a terrible choice after crossing paths in a desert. The bestselling author of acclaimed novels and a memoir about her life in the Bhutto political family, Fatima joins ABC’s Eleanor Hall to discuss her illuminating new exploration of turbulent times.

Fatima Bhutto (International)

Bhutto, Fatima c Paul Wetherell.jpg

Fatima Bhutto was born in Kabul, Afghanistan and grew up in Syria and Pakistan. Fatima’s work has appeared in The Guardian, The Financial Times, Vogue and other publications. She is the author of five books. The Shadow of the Crescent Moon was longlisted in 2014 for the Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction and won the Prix de la Romanciere in France. Her latest novel is The Runaways.

Eleanor Hall (Australian)

Hall, Eleanor.jpg

Eleanor Hall is host of The World Today, and occasionally fills in as host on ABC TV's The Drum. She has two decades of reporting experience with ABC TV News, including working on 7.30, Lateline, and Foreign Correspondent. She was the ABC's Washington correspondent in the late 1990s and she worked for five years in the Canberra parliamentary press gallery. Prior to joining the ABC, Eleanor freelanced for US National Public Radio from Central America and worked at WGBH in Boston as the youngest ever recipient of the Harkness Fellowship. She earned her Masters in Journalism from Columbia University in New York, has been a fellow at Oxford University’s Reuters Institute where she submitted a paper on the Obama e-campaign. In 2012 she won the European Union’s Journalism Award.