Spotlight–August in Kabul: America's Last Days in Afghanistan by Andrew Quilty
August in Kabul is the story of how America's longest mission came to an abrupt and humiliating end, told through the eyes of Afghans whose lives have been turned upside down: a young woman who harbours dreams of a university education; a presidential staffer who works desperately to hold things together as the government collapses around him; a prisoner in the notorious Bagram Prison who suddenly finds himself free when prison guards abandon their post. Andrew Quilty was one of a handful of Western journalists who stayed in Kabul as the city fell. This is his first-hand account of those dramatic final days.
Sarah Ferguson conducted a stirring interview with Quilty on ABC's 7.30, guiding viewers through Quilty’s career and life in Kabul through his images. You can view the interview via this link.
A substantial feature in Nine’s Good Weekend followed, tracing the trajectory of Quilty's career in photojournalism and the reasons he returned to Kabul while the Taliban neared the city’s gates.
August in Kabul received an enormous response from media. VICE asked Quilty about the moral conflict of photographing his subjects. And on ABC RN Late Night Live, Phillip Adams discussed with him his experiences during the fall of Kabul, and the locals with whom he fostered connections, whose experiences he was compelled to record in writing.
An intimate interview with ABC Conversations with Richard Fidler charted Quilty’s life and career, exploring the beauty behind the conflict of Afghanistan and what drew him to fall in love with a country which many only see as a conflict zone. You can also hear Quilty’s interviews with 3RRR’s The Grapevine, Good Weekend Talks and Wild with Sarah Wilson, which Wilson described as 'possibly the most intimate pod chat so far'.
Quilty appeared live on ABC’s Q+A alongside an impressive panel of guests for a special Melbourne Writers Festival program. You can watch the entire episode here.
We are extremely grateful for the enthusiastic response we received from booksellers and writers festivals, which culminated in an extensive tour with events in nearly every major city in Australia. You can now watch Quilty’s affecting TEDxSydney talk online here.
You can purchase August in Kabul: America's Last Days in Afghanistan at all good book retailers and online at mup.com.au for $34.99