Shazia fans

What I find when I am reading Shazia Mirza, is that there is an edge to the laughs. I can't help feeling, or maybe just believing, that this is the truth. And as we all know, that truth can be so bitterly painful. A few days after reading about her week I found myself in a business meeting thinking about a line she said, regarding shame (13 November). As long as she keeps telling the truth, I will keep reading it.

Samnia Asghar
Harborne, Birmingham

This article first appeared in the 27 November 2006 issue of the New Statesman, The real Afghan war