In Extremis: The Life of War Correspondent Marie Colvin (Hardback)
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In Extremis: The Life of War Correspondent Marie Colvin (Hardback)

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Written by fellow war correspondent Lindsey Hilsum, In Extremis presents a fond and unblemished account of the remarkable Marie Colvin, both as journalist and friend.

'It has always seemed to me that what I write about is humanity in extremis, pushed to the unendurable, and that it is important to tell people what really happens in wars.' 

Marie Colvin was glamorous, hard-drinking, braver than the boys, with a troubled and rackety personal life. She reported from the most dangerous places in the world, going in further and staying longer than anyone else. Like her hero, the legendary reporter Martha Gellhorn, she sought to bear witness to the horrifying truths of war, to write 'the first draft of history' and to shine a light on the suffering of ordinary people.

Marie covered the major conflicts of our time: Israel and Palestine, Chechnya, East Timor, Sri Lanka - where she was hit by a grenade and lost sight in her left eye, resulting in her trademark eye-patch - Iraq and Afghanistan. Her anecdotes about encounters with dictators and presidents - including Colonel Gaddafi and Yasser Arafat, whom she knew well - were incomparable.

She was much admired, and as famous for her wild parties as for the extraordinary lengths to which she went to tell the story, including being smuggled into Syria where she was killed in 2012.

Written by fellow foreign correspondent Lindsey Hilsum, this is the story of the most daring war reporter of her time. Drawing on unpublished diaries and interviews with Marie's friends, family and colleagues, Hilsum conjures a fiercely compassionate, complex woman who was driven to an extraordinary life and tragic death. In Extremis is the story of our turbulent age, and the life of a woman who defied convention.

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9781784740931
Number of pages: 416
Weight: 681 g
Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 38 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'An extraordinary account of one reporter's fearless and ultimately fatal dedication... Hilsum draws an empathetic portrait of a woman whose courage often crossed into recklessness, both in combat zones and outside them... Now, thanks to Hilsum's deeply reported and passionately written book, Colvin has the full accounting that she deserves.' - Joshua Hammer, The New York Times 

'A wonderful book - a fitting tribute, certainly, but also a well-told tale of a remarkable life.' - Jane Bonham Carter, The Sunday Times 

'A stunningly good biography - compelling, revelatory and very moving. Lindsey Hilsum is the perfect writer to tell the story of Marie Colvin's rackety, brave and charismatic life.' - William Boyd

'Rarely has a friend and colleague written such a brave and uncompromising testament to such a rare, brave and uncompromising woman. Would that a few more of us should be so blessed in our courage and our friends.' - Shami Chakrabarti

'Hilsum marshals not just empathy for her subject, who was also a friend, but investigative and critical skills and damn fine storytelling... Hilsum's understanding of the background to each conflict, and the reality of life as a correspondent in the field, is one of the great strengths of the book... In Extremis rescues Marie Colvin from the rubble of Baba Amr, and brings her tragically, and tenderly, to life.' - The Irish Times 

'Superb. A fitting account of the life of one of the finest war correspondents of our time, written by another. I admired Marie greatly, and In Extremis showed me I was right to do so' - John Simpson

'The clearest and most rounded picture...emerges from Hilsum's book. Colvin herself, courageous and often tortured, rises again from its pages.' - Emma Graham-Harrison, The Observer 

'An inspiring and intimate biography of one of the bravest journalists of our time by one of her finest colleagues. Lindsey Hilsum takes us inside the world of a woman who changed the world around her.' - Lyse Doucet

'Marie Colvin was a one-off, eccentric, brilliant and sometimes maddening. Lindsey Hilsum does her justice.' - Robert Fox, The Evening Standard 

'Colvin's energy and passion were irresistible... Hilsum...[combines] storytelling with asking important questions about what kind of service war correspondents perform and what ethical codes they should adhere to' - Lara Feigel, The Guardian 

'In Extremis seeks to unravel the mystery behind the war correspondent... Hilsum avoids hagiography...and pulls no punches.' - Anthony Loyd, The Times 

'In Lindsey Hilsum, Marie Colvin has found, posthumously, the right biographer. She penetrates the war-zone of Colvin's life, and fetches her back in all her beautiful, brave complexity. This is a heartbreaking portrait that does not detract from the legend, but understands the compulsions which returned Colvin time and again to seek out the most dangerous places.' - Nicholas Shakespeare

'As this intimate biography by Lindsey Hilsum, a fellow (female) reporter, shows, Colvin's gift was writing, passionately, about ordinary lives during war... With the help of Colvin's diaries, Hilsum deftly explores her complex motives... She was often the first, or only, reporter to go in, and the last out, even if that meant trekking over a mountain range.' - The Economist 

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“Inspiring Biography of a Fascinating Person”

Marie Colvin was such a fascinating person.

Her resistance to any and all warnings about the danger of her job as a war correspondent is inspiring. She refused to bow down to anything or anyone, and faced those... More

Paperback edition
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“Captivating Read.”

Lindsey Hilsum's ( channel 4 news international editor ) biography of Marie Colvin certainly opens our eyes to the dangers facing journalists in war torn countries. It coveys Marie Colvin's addiction to... More

Hardback edition
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“Piratical Courage”

At the age of about eight years old, I was very sure that I wanted to be a war correspondent. Specifically, I wanted to be Kate Adie. However, had I known about Marie Colvin at that point, I'm fairly sure that... More

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