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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 about is 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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Release Date 6 August 2019 by Vintage
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ISBN-13 9781784703950
ISBN-10 1784703958
Stock Release date is 6 August 2019
Status Available for pre-order, ships once released
Publisher Vintage
Imprint Vintage
Release Date 6 August 2019
International Release Date 25 July 2019
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Hilsum, Lindsey
Category Biography & Autobiography
True Stories: War / Combat / Elite Forces
Press & Journalism
Number of Pages 416
Dimensions Width: 129mm
Height: 198mm
Weight Not specified - defaults to 600g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
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
Dewey Code 070.4333092
Catalogue Code Not specified

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** BBC RADIO 4 BOOK OF THE WEEK ** ** A SUNDAY TIMES BOOK OF THE YEAR ** `It has always seemed to me that what I write about is humanity in extremis, pushed to the unendurable, and that it is important to tell people what really happens in wars.' MARIE COLVIN, 2001 'A stunningly good biography' WILLIAM BOYD Marie Colvin was glamorous, hard-drinking, braver than the boys, with a troubled and rackety personal life. She reported from the most dangerous places in the world, 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 to shine a light on the suffering of ordinary people. Marie covered 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 and presidents - including Colonel Gaddafi and Yasser Arafat, whom she knew well - were incomparable. She was much admired, and as famous for her wild parties as for the extraordinary lengths to which she went to tell the story, including being smuggled into Syria where she was killed in 2012. Written by fellow foreign correspondent Lindsey Hilsum, this is the story of the most daring war reporter of her time. Drawing on unpublished diaries and interviews with Marie's friends, family and colleagues, Hilsum conjures a fiercely compassionate, complex woman who was driven 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. *Marie Colvin is also remembered in two films: Under the Wire, a drama-doc about Marie's last trip to Syria, and A Private War, a forthcoming feature film about her life, starring Rosamund Pike*

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review An extraordinary account of one reporter's fearless and ultimately fatal dedication... Hilsum draws an empathetic portrait of a woman whose courage often crossed into recklessness, both in combat zones and outside them... Now, thanks to Hilsum's deeply reported and passionately written book, Colvin has the full accounting that she deserves -- Joshua Hammer * New York Times * A wonderful book - a fitting tribute, certainly, but also a well-told tale of a remarkable life -- Jane Bonham Carter * Sunday Times * A stunningly good biography - compelling, revelatory and very moving. Lindsey Hilsum is the perfect writer to tell the story of Marie Colvin's rackety, brave and charismatic life -- William Boyd Writing a biography of Marie Colvin is like capturing lightning in a bottle, but Lindsey Hilsum has the knowledge and personal experience to help us understand what drew Colvin to rush towards the eye of the storm at such great risk. It is a superbly fitting tribute -- Annie Lennox Rarely has a friend and colleague written such a brave and uncompromising testament to such a rare, brave and uncompromising woman. Would that a few more of us should be so blessed in our courage and our friends -- Shami Chakrabarti
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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