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- Publisher: Faber Finds
- Format: Paperback | 344 pages
- Dimensions: 153mm x 234mm x 25mm | 520g
- Publication date: 19 April 2013
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 057130236X
- ISBN 13: 9780571302369
Anne Sebba presents a compelling history of the struggles of women to be admitted to professional journalism and so obtain the right to report from places where they were felt to have no place - most notably, war-zones. Sebba, herself a former Reuters reporter, recounts the evolution of the woman reporter, from Miss Wreford during the Risorgimento and Lady Florence Dixie at the Boer War, through pioneers such as Virginia Cowles and Martha Gellhorn, to the recent heroics of Marie Colvin, remembered in a new preface to this edition. "An important book because it contradicts the myths that is it harder for women to work in difficult situations; that women only report the hospitals and orphanages side of war; that it is easier to get hired in the first place". (Janine di Giovanni, "Sunday Times"). "Admirable [and] well-rearched". (Jeremy Harding, "London Review of Books"). "Sebba presents a coherent picture of women fighting not only for their own rights but for the rights of newspaper readers". (Roy Greenslade, "Guardian").
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Anna Sebba is a biographer, lecturer, journalist and former Reuters foreign correspondent. She has written a number of books including Jennie Churchill: Winstons' American Mother, The Exiled Collector: William Bankes and the Making of an English Country House, Laura Ashley: A Life by Design, Enid Bagnold and Battling for News: Women Reporters from the Risorgimento to Tiananmen Square. The last three are being reissued in Faber Finds. Anne is currently writing a biography of Wallis Simpson.