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In Extremis: The Life of War Correspondent Marie Colvin

In Extremis: The Life of War Correspondent Marie Colvin

`It has always seemed to me that what I write is about humanity in extremis, pushed to the unendurable, and that it is important to tell people what really happens in wars.' Marie Colvin, 2001Marie Colvin was glamorous, hard-drinking, braver than the boys, with a troubled and rac... read full description below.

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ISBN 9781784740931
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Published 19 November 2018 by Vintage
Format Hardback
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Author(s) By Hilsum, Lindsey
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ISBN-13 9781784740931
ISBN-10 1784740934
Stock Available
Status Reprinting
Publisher Vintage
Imprint Chatto & Windus
Publication Date 19 November 2018
International Publication Date 1 November 2018
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Hilsum, Lindsey
Category Biography & Autobiography
True Stories: War / Combat / Elite Forces
True Stories Of Endurance & Survival
Press & Journalism
Number of Pages 416
Dimensions Width: 162mm
Height: 240mm
Spine: 38mm
Weight 681g
Interest Age 16+ years
Reading Age 16+ years
Library of Congress War correspondents - Biography - United States, Women journalists - Biography - United States, Journalists - Biography - United States
NBS Text Biography: General
ONIX Text General/trade;College/higher education;Professional and scholarly
Dewey Code 070.4333092
Catalogue Code 939778

Description of this Book

`It has always seemed to me that what I write is about humanity in extremis, pushed to the unendurable, and that it is important to tell people what really happens in wars.' Marie Colvin, April 2001 Marie Colvin, `the finest war correspondent of a generation', was glamorous, hard-drinking, braver than the boys, with a troubled and rackety personal life. With fierce compassion and honesty, she reported from the most dangerous places in the world, fractured by conflict and genocide, going in further and staying longer than anyone else. Like her hero, the legendary reporter Martha Gellhorn, she sought to bear witness to the horrifying truths of war, to write `the first draft of history' and crucially to shine a light on the suffering of ordinary people. Joining the Sunday Times in 1986, Marie went on to report on the major conflicts of our time: Israel and Palestine, Chechnya, East Timor, Sri Lanka - where she was hit by a grenade and lost sight in her left eye, resulting in her trademark eye-patch - Iraq and Afghanistan. Her anecdotes about encounters with dictators, presidents and kings - including Colonel Gaddafi and Yasser Arafat, whom she knew well - were incomparable. She was much admired, and famous for her wild parties as well as the extraordinary lengths to which she went to tell the story, including sneaking into Syria which led to her violent death in 2012. Written by fellow foreign correspondent Lindsey Hilsum, this is the story of how a girl born in the late 1950s and brought up in the stifling suburbs of Long Island became celebrated across the world as the most daring war reporter of her age. Drawing on unpublished diaries and notebooks, and interviews with Marie's friends, family and colleagues, Hilsum conjures a complex, driven, humorous woman whose concern for the victims of war led to an extraordinary life and tragic death. In Extremis is the story of our turbulent age, and the life of a woman who defied convention.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review In Lindsey Hilsum, Marie Colvin has found, posthumously, the right biographer. She penetrates the war-zone of Colvin's life, and fetches her back in all her beautiful, brave complexity. This is a heartbreaking portrait that does not detract from the legend, but understands the compulsions which returned Colvin time and again to seek out the most dangerous places. -- Nicholas Shakespeare
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 3 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Lindsey Hilsum is Channel 4 News International Editor. She has covered many of the conflicts of recent years, including Syria, Ukraine and the Arab Spring - sometimes alongside Marie Colvin. In 1994, she was the only English-speaking foreign correspondent in Rwanda when the genocide began. She was in Belgrade for the 1999 NATO bombing of Serbia, and in Baghdad for the 2003 US invasion of Iraq. She has won awards from the Royal Television Society and BAFTA amongst others, and was the recipient of the 2017 Patron's Medal from the Royal Geographical Society. Her last book Sandstorm- Libya from Gadaffi to Revolution was described by the Observer as 'an account with historical depth to match dramatic reportage.'

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