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  • An Unfinished Revolution

    An analysis of Adivasi resistance and the Naxal movement through the 2012 Kandhamal hostage crisis.

    On 14 March 2012, two Italian nationals, Paolo Bosusco and Claudio Colangelo, were taken hostage from the tribal-dominated Kandhamal area of Odisha, in eastern India. The kidnappers belonged to the extreme left-wing radical group known as the CPI (Maoists). They were led by Sabyasachi Panda who had been involved in several militant activities since 1999.

    What followed was a dramatic month-long crisis in which a crew of television journalists engaged with the Maoist leader and facilitated the release of Claudio.

    An Unfinished Revolution: A Hostage Crisis, Adivasi Resistance and the Naxal Movement is a racy, first-hand account that tells the tale of the hostages, from abduction to release. It also chronicles the history of tribal resistance which was appropriated by the Maoists – a movement that has been one of India’s major internal security challenges since the late 1960s.

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    In a dramatic account of violence and espionage, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter Ronan Farrow exposes serial abusers and a cabal of powerful interests hell-bent on covering up the truth, at any cost.
    In 2017, a routine network television investigation led Ronan Farrow to a story only whispered about: one of Hollywood’s most powerful producers was a predator, protected by fear, wealth, and a conspiracy of silence. As Farrow drew closer to the truth, shadowy operatives, from high-priced lawyers to elite war-hardened spies, mounted a secret campaign of intimidation, threatening his career, following his every move and weaponizing an account of abuse in his own family.
    All the while, Farrow and his producer faced a degree of resistance that could not be explained – until now. And a trail of clues revealed corruption and cover-ups from Hollywood, to Washington, and beyond.
    This is the untold story of the exotic tactics of surveillance and intimidation deployed by wealthy and connected men to threaten journalists, evade accountability and silence victims of abuse – and it’s the story of the women who risked everything to expose the truth and spark a global movement.
    Both a spy thriller and a meticulous work of investigative journalism, Catch and Kill breaks devastating new stories about the rampant abuse of power – and sheds far-reaching light on investigations that shook the culture.

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    Many female journalists came to the fore during the first and second world wars and their perspective was very different to that of their male peers who were reporting from the field. Specifically they often wrote about war from the perspective of those left at home struggling to keep the household afloat. And with ‘How it feels to be forcibly fed’ (1914) by Djuna Barnes one of the world’s very first experiential or ‘gonzo’ journalists came a new age of reporting.

    Since then women have continued to break new ground in newspapers and magazines redefining the world as we see it. Many of the pieces here feel almost unsettlingly relevant today — the conclusions Emma ‘Red’ Goldman drew in her 1916 ‘The social aspects of birth control’ Maddy Vegtel’s 1930s article about becoming pregnant at 40 Eleanor Roosevelt’s call for greater tolerance after America’s race riots in 1943. Many have pushed other limits: Naomi Wolf’s Beauty Myth brought feminism to a new generation; Helen Fielding’s Bridget Jones caused a media revolution; Ruth Picardie’s unflinchingly honest column about living with cancer in 1997 brought a wave of British candour and a host of imitators; and when two iconic women come face to face we have at one end Dorothy Parker on Isadora Duncan (1928) and at the other Julie Burchill on Margaret Thatcher (2004).

    This collection of superlative writing selected by the Sunday Times‘s most senior female editor brings together the most influential incisive controversial affecting and entertaining pieces of journalism by the best women in the business.

    Covering: War; Crime; Politics & Society; Sex & Romance; Body Image & Health; Family Friendship & Birth; Emancipation & Having it All; Hearth & Home; Icons & Interviews.

    Including: Lynn Barber Djuna Barnes Julie Burchill Angela Carter Marie Colvin Jilly Cooper Joan Didion Margaret Drabble Helen Fielding Zelda Fitzgerald Kathryn Flett Martha Gellhorn Nicci Gerrard Emma Goldman Germaine Greer Nicola Horlick Erica Jong Jamaica Kincaid India Knight Christina Lamb Daphne du Maurier Nancy Mitford Suzanne Moore Camille Paglia Sylvia Pankhurst Dorothy Parker Allison Pearson Ruth Picardie Erin Pizzey Eleanor Roosevelt Zadie Smith Susan Sontag Gloria Steinem Martha Stewart Mary Stott Jill Tweedie Rebecca West Zoe Williams Jeanette Winterson Naomi Wolf.


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    For over twenty years, people turned to A. A. Gill’s columns every Sunday – for his fearlessness, his perception, and the laughter-and-tear-provoking one-liners – but mostly because he was the best. ‘By miles the most brilliant journalist of our age’, as Lynn Barber put it.
    This book will collect examples of the very best of his work: the peerlessly funny criticism, the extraordinarily knowledgeable food writing, assignments throughout the world, and reflections on life, love, and death. Drawn from a range of publications, including the Sunday Times , Vanity Fair , Tatler and Australian Gourmet Traveller, The Ivy Cookbook and his books on England and America, it will be by turns hilarious, uplifting, controversial, unflinching, sad, funny and furious.

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    It is the perfect introduction for career changers writers university graduates school and college leavers communications professionals and those who just wants a rewarding part-time challenge. In it you’ll discover: – the tools of the trade – news views reviews opinion pieces plus feature writing travel writing music writing sports writing – what it’s like to step into the unknown and work for yourself – how to pitch your ideas successfully to editors – how to brainstorm original ideas – how to market yourself as a freelance journalist. You’ll also find tips and advice from a wide range of successful freelance journalists and editors including: Simon Calder Editor of the Independent Traveller magazine; Phil Sutcliffe freelance music journalist for Q Sounds and Mojo; Lia Leendertz The Guardian Weekend magazine’s gardening columnist; and Damien Barr Lifestyle journalist for The Times.

    Contents: Introduction; Part One – Learning to write as a journalist; 1. Tool of the trade; 2. Who is the audience?; 3. Writing reviews; 4. Writing opinion pieces; 5. And now for the new; 6. Feature writing; 7. Travel writing; 8. Lifestyle writing; 9. Sports writing; 10. Music Journalism; 11. Finding ideas; 12. How to approach editors; 13. The journalist and PR relationship; 14. Improving your writing skills; 15. Media Law basics; 16. Media ethics; Part One – The business of freelancing; 17. Stepping into the unknown; 18. Gaining industry experience; 19. Marketing yourself; 20. Planning organisation and time management; 21. Negotiating; 22. Self-employment checklist; 23. Self-employment: the pros and cons; 24. Working from home; Appendix 1: Jargon Buster; Appendix 2: Further reading; Appendix 3: Further training. Index.


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    In <i>Hello Everybody!</i> a bestseller in his native Holland Joris Luyendijk tells the story of his five yearsas a reporter in the Middle East. Young and inexperienced but fluent in Arabic he speaks to stone throwers and soldiers taxi drivers and professors victims and aggressors chronicling first-hand experiences of dictatorship occupation and war. But the more he witnesses the less he understands and he becomes increasingly aware of the yawning gap between what he sees on the ground and what is later reported in the media. As a correspondent he is privy to the multitude of narratives with conflicting implications yet again and again the media favours those stories that will confirm and reinforce the oversimplified beliefs of the West.<i>Hello Everybody!</i> Is a story of disillusionment and enlightenment by turns hilarious and despairing but most importantly it is a powerful wake up call to the way the media gives us a filtered and manipulated version of reality in the Middle East.>

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    For over twenty years, people turned to A. A. Gill’s columns every Sunday – for his fearlessness, his perception, and the laughter-and-tear-provoking one-liners – but mostly because he was the best. ‘By miles the most brilliant journalist of our age’, as Lynn Barber put it. This is the definitive collection of a voice that was silenced too early but that can still make us look at the world in new and surprising ways.

    In the words of Andrew Marr, A.. A. Gill was ‘a golden writer’. There was nothing that he couldn’t illuminate with his dazzling prose. Wherever he was – at home or abroad – he found the human story, brought it to vivid life, and rendered it with fierce honesty and bracing compassion. And he was just as truthful about himself. There have been various collections of A. A. Gill’s journalism – individual compilations of his restaurant and TV criticism, of his travel writing and his extraordinary feature articles.

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    By miles the most brilliant journalist of our age’ Lynn Barber
    ‘A golden writer’ Andrew Marr

    A. A. Gill was rightly hailed as one of the greatest journalists of our time. This selection of some of his recent pieces, which he made himself before his untimely death, spans the last five years from all corners of the world. It shows him at his most perceptive, brilliant and funny.

    His subjects range from the controversial – fur – to the heartfelt – a fantastic crystallisation of what it means to be European. He tackles life drawing, designs his own tweed, considers boyhood through the prism of the Museum of Childhood, and spends a day at Donald Trump’s university. In his final two articles he wrote with characteristic wit and courage about his cancer diagnosis – ‘the full English – and the limits of the NHS. But more than any other subject, a recurring theme emerges in the overwhelming story of our times: the refugee crisis. In the last few years A. A. Gill wrote with compassion and anger about the refugees’ story, giving us both its human face and its appalling context. The resulting articles are journalism at its finest and fiercest.

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    Secret Diary of a 1970s Secretary is the diary of Sarah Shaw for the year of 1971, which she recently uncovered whilst clearing out her loft. Working as a secretary for the BBC at the time, Sarah’s diary describes the life of a suburban girl who certainly wasn’t ‘swinging’ but who was, ironically, not only working on a cutting edge BBC survey on sex education but also in the throes of an unlikely affair with middle-aged, working-class, Irish lift attendant, Frank.

    Sarah talks humorously and frankly about what it was like to be a young, working woman at the time as well as life at the BBC during the 1970s and the difficulties of navigating her first romance. She is funny and self-effacing with a self-knowledge that only few attain. Her innocence and naivety are hugely charming and the diary forms a valuable snapshot of a time not so far away that is now lost to us.

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    When the world’s biggest and most moving events took place – World War II, the Moon landing, the death of Princess Diana, and many more – “Time” magazine was there to tell the story with passion and clarity. This 560-page book features pieces by Barbara Ehrenreich, Henry Anatole Grunwald, Maureen Dowd, Walter Isaacson, Bono and many other famous writers, and will provide readers with a uniquely entertaining view of 85 years of “Time’s” history.

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    Hilarious, nimble and thoroughly illuminating’ Colson Whitehead, author of The Underground Railway

    From its opening journey into remote Alaska for the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Alaska, a quest that culminates on the frozen sea between the United States and Russia, Brian Phillips’s Impossible Owls leads us on a kaleidoscopic exploration of contemporary reality. He takes us to a sumo tournament in Japan, where he becomes obsessed with the suicide of a famous writer; to the jungle in India, where he considers the intertwined histories of conservation movements and man-eating tigers; to the studio of a great Russian animator; to a royal tour of the Yukon Teritory with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge; and into the weird heart of America, where he visits the gates of Area 51.

    Exhilarating, moving and insightful, this remarkable debut visits borders both real and imagined, and asks what it means, in our age, to travel to the end of the map.

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