Lost in Transmission by Johnathon Harley.

Harley worked as an anchor for the  Australian Broadcasting Corp. Based in New Delhi, India, from 1998 – 2002; ABC correspondent for Asia. His book covers the 9/11 attack and the USA retaliation on Afghanistan against the Taliban.  He gives his impressions of India, the Kashmir conflict, Pakistan and the Pakistan vs India semi-war on their common northern border.  You get a real sense of the poverty, the frustration of coping with a Third World environment, and you really experience the huge adrenalin rush of being a war correspondent.

A travel book with a difference.  I enjoyed it far more than anticipated.  The chapters were short, and it was an easy and engrossing read.

The Kindness of Strangers by Kate Adie.

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Star female BBC reporter’s autobiography.  Relates her progress, beginning in local radio to  the  achievement of becoming the first female war correspondent.  There are tales of conflict with the IRA in Northern Ireland; Bosnia, Libya – she’s done it all.  The book is packed with stories ranging from the gritty through to the tragic, to the hilarious. An amazing woman, with a deep sense of professional probity and honesty.  Reading her book made me wish I’d done more with my own life.

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  1. A fascinating pair of books, Alison, I feel quite tempted to read them now! I wonder whether our local library has them….


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