A poignant love affair against a background of war, revolution and invasion: two passionate, committed foreign correspondents find each other as the Middle East falls apart.
Lara Marlowe was born in California and studied French at UCLA and the Sorbonne, then International Relations at Oxford. She started her career as an associate producer with CBS's 60 Minutes programme, then shifted to print media with the Financial Times and TIME Magazine. She has reported for a host of broadcast and print media, but has been a staff foreign correspondent for the Irish Times since 1996, based in France as Paris correspondent since 2013. Marlowe is a leading journalist on the Middle East as well as domestic French politics. For her contribution to Franco-Irish relations she was made Chevalier of the Legion d'Honneur in 2006. Marlowe is the author of two previous books, The Things I've Seen (2010) and Painted with Words (2011).
'Part biography, part autobiography, part love story and part a
forceful condemnation of war, this is a fascinating and captivating
book' * Irish Times *
'This book is deeply honest and true, and reveals so much about Robert Fisk, his work and his engagement with the world. He and Lara Marlowe worked on the frontline of human experience, braided together by love and language and war. This is a portrait of a couple bound in a lovesong, which like all such songs confronts the vagaries of leaving, longing and loss' -- Colum McCann
'This is a superb account of the life and work of the best reporter I have ever known. Robert Fisk was unswerving in his defence of the weak and the powerless and in exposing the crimes of governments past and present. This book shows how he did it' -- Patrick Cockburn
'A beautiful book that chronicles the story of two people whose relationship and careers were shaped by the journalism of a different era. It is full of pain and longing but also joy, adventure, and excitement' -- Janine di Giovanni, Foreign Policy
'A gripping tale of savagery and courage, of history in the making, intertwined with rich personal reminiscences - and through it all, a captivating portrait of the life and work of Robert Fisk, a truly great journalist' -- Noam Chomsky
'Working alongside Robert Fisk was a joy - it was life on a roller-coaster, full of stories, insight, and boundless energy. His fierce independence was legendary: he looked for the raw truth, however uncomfortable' -- Kate Adie
'A vivid memoir of life during wartime with a journalistic legend' * Sunday Business Post *
'Saga of love, adventure, courage, and heartache' * Irish Examiner *
'This is at once a portrait of a remarkable man, the story of a Middle East broken by its own divisions and outside powers, and a moving account of a relationship in dark times' * Clare Champion *
'A genuinely 'unputdownable' and moving story, a fierce rebuke of violence and war, the arrogance and indifference of others. It is a great testament to the victims and survivors of conflict, and to the absolute necessity and importance of journalists such as Fisk and Marlowe' -- David Peace