Kate Adie, reporting from the world's trouble spots, is so familiar to us that we all recognise her, but this book reveals much more about her eventful life. Raised in post-war Sunderland, where life was "a sunny experience, full of meat-paste sandwiches and Sunday school" Kate has courageously reported from all over the world since she joined the BBC in 1969. These memoirs encompass her reporting from, inter alia, Northern Ireland, the Middle East, Tiananmen Square and, of course, the Gulf War of 1991. From the siege at the Iranian embassy which shot her to public acclaim, to an alarming encounter with a drunken Libyan army commander who shot her at point-blank range, the chaos and mayhem of desert warfare to Gracie Field's bizarre funeral, Kate has cooly kept us in touch through her reasoned and level reporting. Although an intensely private person, Kate Adie also divulges how, despite being sent to outlandish places at a moment's notice, she's maintained her interest in sailing, singing, theatre and friends who tolerated her strange hours, and what it's like to be a woman in a man's world.
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Adie has reinvented herself as a writer with such a delightful, light touch, such an unexpected eye for the absurd, that her memoir at times bears comparison with Evelyn Waugh...delicious vignettes. Adie shows a striking ability to convey in a few pages an era, a war or a country. She is as classy an act on the page as she is on the screen ( Independent)
The Kindness of Strangers is a rattling good read ( Martin Bell, The Times)
The Kindness of Strangers is a rollicking good read - witty, well written and packed with fascinating stories ( Daily Telegraph)
Adie's autobiography is tireless and entertaining ( Observer)
An inspirational book for any person wondering what it takes to make it. An exceptional account of a remarkable woman ( Michael Parkinson)
The compelling career autobiography of the BBC's Chief News Correspondent
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Descrizione libro Headline Book Publishing, 2003. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria 0755310721
Descrizione libro Headline Hardbacks, 2003. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. 1st Ed.. Codice libro della libreria DADAX0755310721
Descrizione libro Condizione libro: Brand New. Book Condition: Brand New. Codice libro della libreria 97807553107221.0