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Strange Places, Questionable People by John Simpson

Published March 1, 2011

Strange Places, Questionable People by John Simpson

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Thoughts

Mr C recommended this book to me, and as he doesn’t read an enormous amount, I take any recommendations from him quite seriously

Although John Simpson starts the book by claiming this is no ordinary autobiography, it is more a collection of stories, it certainly starts out with the biography feel. We have to sit through the indulgent childhood memoirs before we get to the good stuff.

However, when the real stories begin, pretty much as soon as Simpson joins the BBC, it really kicks off. Somehow, John has managed to be the foreign correspondent whenever anything major has been happening for several decades.

Tiananmen Square, Baghdad, Afghanistan, there are too many to mention. For me, it was more interesting to read about life in these countries - particularly the pieces about war-torn Bosnia, and John’s trip to the Amazon. Mr C rather preferred the moments when John would be doing a piece to camera and a missile would fly past the window behind him. Something for everyone, it seems.

My only complaint is that the book is incredibly long, and in Kindle terms, I could read for a long time turning page after page and only have crept forward one percent through the book. It took an age to read, but I’m glad I did.

Rating: Unrated

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