In Afghanistan the birth of a son is cause for celebration, and often the arrival of a daughter is mourned as a misfortune. Bacha posh translated is ‘dressed up like a boy’. Award-winning investigative journalist Jenny Nordberg conducted a five-year study in Afghanistan of this hidden custom, where bacha posh girls are raised and presented to the world as boys until adulthood. Her book tells the stories of several women and examines the lasting psychological impact on those who endure it. The relative freedom bought by being male, in a society that places no value on women, is perhaps a defiance of Afghan women. And yet the fact that this custom exists at all is a concession to it. The narrative is moving, fluid and compelling. Nordberg presents a new perspective on the extreme sacrifices of Afghan women and girls.