Small Wars Permitting: Dispatches from Foreign Lands

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An extraordinary collection of reportage that tells the story of some of the most important world events of the past 16 years, from one of the most talented and intrepid female journalists at work today. Since leaving England aged 21 with an invitation to a Karachi wedding and a yearning for adventure, Christina Lamb has spent 20 years living out of suitcases, reporting from around the world and becoming one of Britain's most highly regarded journalists. She has won numerous awards, including being named Foreign Correspondent of the Year a remarkable four times. 'Small Wars Permitting' is a collection of her best reportage, following the principal events of the last two decades everywhere from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe. But Lamb's main interest has always been in the untold stories, the people and places others don't visit. Undaunted by danger, disease or despots, she has travelled by canoe through the Amazon rainforest in search of un-contacted Indians, joined a Rio samba school to infiltrate crime rackets behind Carnival and survived a terrifying ambush by Taliban. No less remarkable are the characters that Lamb meets along the way, from Marsh Arabs who covet Play Stations instead of buffaloes to an Armenian compere for performing dolphins with whom she travelled during the war in Iraq. Lamb's writing is passionate, powerful and poetic, transforming reportage into literature. Through the stories she tells - and her own development from a self-confessed 'war junkie' to a devoted mother - Lamb attempts to comprehend the human consequences of conflict in the countries she has come to know.

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Praise for ‘Small Wars Permitting’:

‘Succeeds because it is so lively.’ Sunday Times

‘Very readable and gives a good idea of what it is like...to be a front–line correspondent.’ Financial Times

‘A potent mix of her best articles, memories and some of the impressions she jotted in notebooks and diaries along the way.’ Guardian.

‘A wonderful retrospective of her dispatches, punctuated with memories of her tenure as a professional stranger in Karachi, Baghdad, Kabul and other danger zones.’ Observer

‘Hers is the humane face of her hard profession: candid, modest and brave. She is clear-sighted without cynicism, and amazingly unscarred by all she has experienced. This book is a fine testament to her courage and compassion.’ Colin Thubron

‘Lively ... revealing ... Anyone who doubts the value of professional foreign correspondents should read “Small Wars Permitting”.’ Patrick French, Sunday Times

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An astonishing collection of reportage, covering some of the world's most important stories in the last 16 years, from the talented and brilliant journalist Christina Lamb.

* Christina was named Foreign Correspondent of the year in the 2007 British Press Awards. This is in addition to a slew of other accolades and awards, all of them evidence that she is amongst the very best in her field.

* She was recently chosen by the ASHA foundation as an `inspirational woman', and was the runner-up in the prestigious Martha Gellhorn prize for Journalism in 2006 for her dispatches from Zimbabwe.

* She has been a foreign correspondent for almost 20 years, living in Pakistan, Brazil and South Africa first for the Financial Times then the Sunday Times.

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