For over thirty years, John Simpson has travelled the world to report on the most significant events of our time. From being punched in the stomach by Harold Wilson on one of his first days as a reporter, to escaping summary execution in Beirut, flying into Teheran with the returning Ayatollah Khomeini, and narrowly avoiding entrapment by a beautiful Czech secret agent, Simpson has had an astonishingly eventful career. In 1989 he witnessed the Tiananmen Square massacre, the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of Communism throughout Eastern Europe and, only weeks later, in South Africa, the release of Nelson Mandela. With Simpson's uncanny knack of being in the right place at the right time, this autobiography is a ring-side seat at every major event in recent global history. 'So vivid I could feel my heart beating' Jonathan Mirsky, Spectator 'great stories, sometimes harrowing, sometimes hilarious'. - "Daily Telegraph".
Buy Strange Places, Questionable People book by John Simpson from Australia's Online Independent Bookstore, Boomerang Books.
(197mm x 130mm x 37mm)
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Country of Publication:
UK Kirkus Review »
In this first of two autobiographical volumes, BBC World Affairs editor Simpson reflects on his adventurous life as roving reporter and on-the-spot witness of many of the most momentous events of the post-war world: the Tiananmen Square massacre, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the release of Nelson Mandela and many more. But it is also a reflective book in which he questions his own restlessness and occasional recklessness in the pursuit of professional perfection, and his long and sometimes disputatious association with the BBC. (Kirkus UK)
» Have you read this book? We'd like to know what you think about it - write a review about Strange Places, Questionable People book by John Simpson and you'll earn 50c in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars (you must be a Boomerang Books Account Holder - it's free to sign up and there are great benefits!)
Author Biography - John Simpson
John Simpson is the BBC's World Affairs Editor. He has twice been the Royal Television Society's Journalist of the Year and won countless other major television awards. He has written several books, including five volumes of autobiography, Strange Places, Questionable People , A Mad World, My Masters, News from No Man's Land and Not Quite World's End and a childhood memoir, Days from a Different World. The Wars Against Saddam, his account of the West's relationship with Iraq and his two decades reporting on that relationship encompassing two Gulf Wars and the fall of Saddam Hussein, is also published by Pan Macmillan. He lives in London with his South African wife, Dee, and their son, Rafe.