More From Our Own Correspondent : With dispatches from Misha Glenny, John Simpson, Caroline Wyatt, and many more

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1955, From Our Own Correspondent has been one of BBC Radio 4's flagship programs. Every week correspondents from around the world report on stories behind the headlines. After the huge success of From Our Own Correspondent, this new companion volume brings more exhilarating dispatches to armchair travellers everywhere.

These dispatches take the reader to the four corners of the earth, from a Maoist wedding to the most dangerous road in the world. Follow the last hitch-hiker in ...

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Overview

1955, From Our Own Correspondent has been one of BBC Radio 4's flagship programs. Every week correspondents from around the world report on stories behind the headlines. After the huge success of From Our Own Correspondent, this new companion volume brings more exhilarating dispatches to armchair travellers everywhere.

These dispatches take the reader to the four corners of the earth, from a Maoist wedding to the most dangerous road in the world. Follow the last hitch-hiker in northern France, discover the buffalo mounted police in Brazil, celebrate a home birth in Hungary and get absorbed by saffron in Kashmir. From the boy who lived in a tire to the British troops in Iraq, meet the real people behind the news on this breathtaking journey through the world we live in.

Some of Britain's most celebrated reporters get the opportunity to describe much more than would normally come into a news story: their stories offer a context and a unique insight into history as it unfolds. They have a unique perspective - sometimes transmitted live to the sound of gunfire - and offer an important background to world events.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781846680779
  • Publisher: Profile Books Limited
  • Publication date: 1/1/2009
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Tony Grant joined the BBC after working in commercial radio and on newspapers in Merseyside. At the BBC he was at Radio 1's Newsbeat before becoming a foreign news editor and then, in 1992, the producer of From Our Own Correspondent. A keen cricketer, he is married to a political correspondent. They have two children.

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Table of Contents

Introduction Tony Grant Grant, Tony

1 Blood on the Streets, Uzbekistan Monica Whitlock Whitlock, Monica 1

2 Monks Protest, Burma Andrew Harding Harding, Andrew 4

3 Emergency Rule, Pakistan Chris Morris Morris, Chris 10

4 A Railway Town, Russia Artyom Liss Liss, Artyom 14

5 The Passionate Gardener, Germany Chris Bowlby Bowlby, Chris 17

6 A Bubble of Fear, Russia Tim Whewell Whewell, Tim 21

7 The Foreign Enemy, Iran Frances Harrison Harrison, Frances 24

8 Time to Go, Congo-Brazzaville Pascale Harter Harter, Pascale 28

9 Barrow, Bucket and Bag, Zimbabwe Sue Lloyd-Roberts Lloyd-Roberts, Sue 31

10 Gordon of Africa, Mozambique Mark Mardell Mardell, Mark 34

11 The Senator from Nimba County, Liberia Bill Law Law, Bill 38

12 The School at Chocolate City, Liberia Elizabeth Blunt Blunt, Elizabeth 42

13 A Modern Aesop's Fable, Zambia Hamilton Wende Wende, Hamilton 45

14 The Last Storyteller, Morocco Richard Hamilton Hamilton, Richard 48

15 Leaving for Good, Morocco John Laurenson Laurenson, John 51

16 The Long Walk Home, Sudan Adam Mynott Mynott, Adam 54

17 The Last Hitchhiker, France Kevin Connolly Connolly, Kevin 57

18 The Most Dangerous Road in the World, Bolivia Mark Whittaker Whittaker, Mark 65

19 The Golden Railway, Syria Malcolm Billings Billings, Malcolm 68

20 Adventures in Flight, France Allan Little Little, Allan 71

21 A Parrot Amnesty, Uganda Will Ross Ross, Will 74

22 Four-Legged Library, Venezuela James Ingham Ingham, James 77

23 The Mounted Police, Brazil Hugh O'Shaughnessy O'Shaughnessy, Hugh 80

24 The Last Of the Jewish Gauchos, Argentina Daniel Schweimler Schweimler, Daniel 84

25 Talking to Ghosts, France Hugh Sykes Sykes, Hugh88

26 A Living News Story, France Kevin Connolly Connolly, Kevin 92

27 Life and Death in Davos, Switzerland Misha Glenny Glenny, Misha 96

28 The Last Baby Boom, Eastern Europe Nick Thorpe Thorpe, Nick 100

29 Precious Life, Afghanistan John Simpson Simpson, John 104

30 Lessons in Love, Japan Chris Hogg Hogg, Chris 107

31 Too Big for Paris, France Caroline Wyatt Wyatt, Caroline 110

32 Back to Chernobyl, Ukraine Bridget Kendall Kendall, Bridget 114

33 Return Visit, Vietnam Brian Barron Barron, Brian 119

34 A Maoist Wedding, Nepal Charles Haviland Haviland, Charles 124

35 The Penis Restaurant, China Andrew Harding Harding, Andrew 128

36 Please Speak English, USA James Coomarasamy Coomarasamy, James 131

37 A View from Burgundy, France Caroline Wyati Wyati, Caroline 134

38 Education and Stress, China Carrie Gracie Gracie, Carrie 138

39 The Louche Allure of Macau, China David Edmonds Edmonds, David 142

40 Remember Mr and Mrs Nie, China Rupert Wingfield-Hayes Wingfield-Hayes, Rupert 146

41 An Explosion in Lhasa, Tibet James Miles Miles, James 152

42 Sixty Years On, India Mark Tully Tully, Mark 156

43 The Wisdom of the Poor, India Peter Day Day, Peter 159

44 The Yellow Death, Russia John Sweeney Sweeney, John 162

45 A Country with Two Faces, Russia Steve Rosenberg Rosenberg, Steve 165

46 A New Life for Little Star, Latvia William Horsley Horsley, William 171

47 The Trafficker, Lithuania Jill McGivering McGivering, Jill 175

48 Lonely Mountains, Romania Nick Thorpe Thorpe, Nick 178

49 The Honey Hunters, Bangladesh Alastair Lawson Lawson, Alastair 181

50 Absorbed by Saffron, Kashmir Daniel Lak Lak, Daniel 185

51 Renaissance in the Cinque Terre, Italy Christian Fraser Fraser, Christian 188

52 A Hygiene Inspector Calls, Switzerland Imogen Foulkes Foulkes, Imogen 192

53 The Boy Who Sleeps in a Tyre, Morocco Humphrey Hawksley Hawksley, Humphrey 195

54 A Minor Modern Miracle, Morocco Richard Hamilton Hamilton, Richard 198

55 A Nation Brought to its Knees, Lesotho Martin Plaut Plaut, Martin 201

56 An African Crisis, Guinea Will Ross Ross, Will 204

57 The Snake's Gaze, Democratic Republic of Congo Tim Whewell Whewell, Tim 208

58 Meeting a President, Democratic Republic of Congo Mark Doyle Doyle, Mark 212

59 The Beloved Colonialist, Congo-Brazzaville David Willey Willey, David 216

60 King of the Cocos, Australia Nick Squires Squires, Nick 219

61 Ocean's Thirteen Plus One, USA David Willis Willis, David 223

62 Under Fire, Lebanon Jim Muir Muir, Jim 226

63 Kidnapped, Gaza Alan Johnston Johnston, Alan 230

64 Room at the Inn, Israel Matthew Price Price, Matthew 243

65 A Furious Vitality, Israel Paul Adams Adams, Paul 246

66 Jose Antonio Goes to War, Guatemala Fehgal Keane Keane, Fehgal 250

67 A Long Nightmare, Iraq Jim Muir Muir, Jim 254

68 A Stolen Dream, Iraq Hugh Sykes Sykes, Hugh 257

69 A Baker and a Barber in Baghdad, Iraq Andrew North North, Andrew 260

70 Don't Take Us for Granted, Iraq Martin Bell Bell, Martin 263

71 Baghdad is Gone, Syria Lyse Doucet Doucet, Lyse 266

72 The Sacrifice of Small-Town America, USA James Coomarasamy Coomarasamy, James 269

73 No More Heroes, USA Gavin Esler Esler, Gavin 272

74 Why Live Here? USA Simon Winchester Winchester, Simon 280

75 Dancing with Martha, USA Stephen Evans Evans, Stephen 283

76 Pole to Pole, Antarctica David Shukman Shukman, David 287

77 Massacre at Baramulla, Kashmir Andrew Whitehead Whitehead, Andrew 294

78 Face to Face with Benazir, Pakistan Owen Bennett-Jones Bennett-Jones, Owen 298

79 Dolly Makes Changes, Bangladesh Jill McGivering McGivering, Jill 302

80 Guns, Goons and Gold, Philippines Jonathan Head Head, Jonathan 305

81 A President Calls, Georgia Damian Grammaticas Grammaticas, Damian 309

82 A Murder in Osh, Kyrgyzstan Natalia Antelava Antelava, Natalia 313

83 My Secret Police File, Romania Oana Lungescu Lungescu, Oana 317

84 Return to St Kilda, United Kingdom Julian May May, Julian 320

85 Sunday on the Isle of Lewis, United Kingdom Michael Buchanan Buchanan, Michael 323

86 The Power of Evangelism, USA Justin Webb Webb, Justin 326

87 The Jungarian Gate, Kazakhstan Ian MacWilliam MacWilliam, Ian 329

88 From Sussex to the Wakhan, Afghanistan Alastair Leithead Leithead, Alastair 333

89 Rescued in the Caucasus, Armenia Jonathan Fryer Fryer, Jonathan 336

90 Kabul Hospital, Afghanistan Emma Jane Kirby Kirby, Emma Jane 339

91 American Healthcare, USA Justin Webb Webb, Justin 343

92 A Desert Exorcism, Oman Frank Gardner Gardner, Frank 346

93 Starting from Scratch Again, Somalia Peter Biles Biles, Peter 350

94 We Too Lived Here, Uzbekistan Monica Whitlock Whitlock, Monica 353

Correspondents 356

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