Petra Prochazkova is an award-winning Czech journalist, humanitarian worker and writer. In 1994, she founded the private news agency Epicentrum, dedicated to war reporting with fellow journalist Jaromir Aetitina. On her return to the Czech Republic, Petra founded the humanitarian organization Berkat for the support of children and women in Chechnya and Afghanistan. In 1997 she was awarded the Ferdinand Peroutka Prize, and in 2000 the President of the Czech Republic presented her with a Medal of Merit. In 2001, the Hanno R. Ellenbogen Citizenship Award was bestowed on her by Madeleine Albright. Freshta is Petra's first novel translated into English.
Assured debut, Freshta, a bitter-sweet hymn to Afghanistan told from an outsider's perspective. (Lucy Popescu, Huffington Post) Plenty of humour...I cannot recommend the book high enough. (Zuzana Slobodova, British, Czech and Slovak Review) A surprisingly easy read...diverse and hugely entertaining cast of characters...moving and funny in the most unexpected ways. (Judging Covers) Brilliant, insightful and entertaining (Shapeshifting Green) Prochazkova is expert at creating scenes of familial chaos with ten things happening at once, and emotions running high (Little Words) A highly engaging story with characters whose vividness is matched by their ability to generate empathy (Blogbook) The plot is gripping, the characters convincing and the story ultimately life-affirming - Highly recommended! (A Discount Ticket to Everywhere) A revelation, an unexpected blend of humour and pragmatism...a fantastic novel that reads as warm, intelligent fiction. (Alex in Leeds)