Before the age of myriad forms of instantaneous communication we accept as the norm at the start of the twenty-first century, foreign correspondents worked abroad for long periods of time in often quite isolated circumstances. As a consequence, letters to and from home were gems to be highly valued if and when they arrived. The author found these letters from John Ridley, a war correspondent for the Daily Telegraph in the 1950s and 60s, written to her mother from the Far East, Africa and Pakistan at times of conflict. They reflect the lifestyle he had to adopt and the difficulties encountered in doing the most straightforward of everyday tasks, and show the haphazard nature of communication at the time. From their content the reader can glean what has occurred in between and experience a taste of life in these far-flungers , as he called them.
|Publication Date:||20th November 2013|
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