Magazine article The Spectator

BOO K E N D S from Our Own Correspondent

Magazine article The Spectator

BOO K E N D S from Our Own Correspondent

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'Interviewing Afghan warlords is always something of a delicate dance, ' writes roving BBC reporter Nick Bryant in Confessions from Correspondentland (Oneworld, £10.99), and, given that he ha s a l so ob served the methods of warlords from Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, his word counts for something.

Though he acknowledge s the journalistic allure of 'shouting into microphones over the din of exploding ordnance', Bryant's memoir of his time as Auntie's man in South Asia (and Washington, and Sydney) is refreshingly free o f the macho stu f f. In stead, he i s concerned with analysing (not to say justifying) the changes in news presentation during his time on our screen s , f rom the g row th o f po stD iana 'how do you feel? ' repor tage to the su scept ibi l ity o f even foreign journalists to the wave of US jingoism that broke after 9/11. …

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