about me


Magsie Hamilton Little is a writer, charity worker and translator. She was born in Hertfordshire where she attended St Albans High School before reading modern and medieval languages at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge.  Her first book, Dancing with Darkness is an account of her experiences in Afghanistan, where she took tea with warlords, ex-Guantanamo prisoners and Taliban sympathizers. To date the charity she founded there, Little Books Afghanistan, has given over two million books for children without access to education in that country. The Thing about Islam is an acclaimed exploration of the myths surrounding Islamic culture and religion and has been translated into twelve languages. She campaigns tirelessly for better cultural understanding between races and to this end has made contributions to a number of books and publications about the Middle East, including Afghanistan Revealed and The Rise and Fall of the Persian Empire. The Sky is on Fire, published in 2017, records her journeys in southern Algeria and Niger with Tuareg nomads of the Kel Ahaggar. She is also a classically trained harpist, singer and guitarist.