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"From Our Own Correspondent" is one of the most popular programmes on BBC Radio 4 and the World Service. This fifth compilation is a round-up of the events of 1993, as observed in radio despatches from around the world by BBC correspondents. It ranges from powerful eye-witness accounts of the events that made the news, to some moving and very personal human interest stories, and at times, in the midst of even the most desperate situations, unexpectedly comic moments. The stories behind the South African elections, the genocide in Rwanda, the

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Overview

"From Our Own Correspondent" is one of the most popular programmes on BBC Radio 4 and the World Service. This fifth compilation is a round-up of the events of 1993, as observed in radio despatches from around the world by BBC correspondents. It ranges from powerful eye-witness accounts of the events that made the news, to some moving and very personal human interest stories, and at times, in the midst of even the most desperate situations, unexpectedly comic moments. The stories behind the South African elections, the genocide in Rwanda, the Arab-Israeli Peace Accords and the Zapatista uprising in Mexico are all featured.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The Middle East peace accords, elections in South Africa, grief and Grieg in Sarajevo, tremors in L.A.-just a few of last year's headlines. In these selected essays written for radio, the BBC's far-flung correspondents offer highly personal impressions of those stories and other events, people and places around the world. Their observations are near perfect gems of content and narrative voice. Included in the anthology are the stories behind Haiti's unrest, the Zapatista rebellion in Chiapas, Russia's second October Revolution (1993). Of note are Paul Reynold's poignant essay on a classical music concert in Sarajevo during a shelling; Andy Kershaw's eyewitness account of the slaughter in Rwanda and his own near brush with death. Tim Whewell paints a dismal portrait of post-Soviet Russia as he takes the reader from Moscow's grim train station across the street to the luxurious Hotel Slavyanska. ber correspondent Martin Bell ponders Jimmy Carter's diplomatic knack in North Korea. On the lighter side, Stephen Jessel explores a dog's life in Paris, Simon Calder ruminates on the Danish theme park Legoland and an old girlfriend of Bill Clinton's talks about her ``squeaky-clean date.'' In the trade, broadcast journalists get their fair share of knocks from print reporters of sporting charisma over substance. Some hard-bitten print reporters owe a few pints to their BBC counterparts. (Feb.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781850438724
  • Publisher: I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
  • Publication date: 12/28/1994
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.42 (w) x 8.34 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Table of Contents

Part 1 Africa. Part 2 Western and Eastern Europe. Part 3 The Middle East. Part 4 Asia and the Pacific. Part 5 The Americas.

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