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The kindness of strangers : the autobiography /
Kate Adie.
imprint
London : Headline, 2002.
description
352 p., [24] p. of plates : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0755310721
format(s)
Book
Holdings
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author
imprint
London : Headline, 2002.
isbn
0755310721
general note
Includes index.
catalogue key
4753546
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Reviews
Review Quotes
'Adie has reinvented herself as a writer with such a delightful, light touch, such an unexpected eye for the absurd, that her memoir at times bears comparison with Evelyn Waugh...delicious vignettes. Adie shows a striking ability to convey in a few pages an era, a war or a country. She is as classy an act on the page as she is on the screen'
'Adie's autobiography is tireless and entertaining'
'An inspirational book for any person wondering what it takes to make it. An exceptional account of a remarkable woman'
'The Kindness of Strangers is a rattling good read'
'The Kindness of Strangers is a rollicking good read - witty, well written and packed with fascinating stories'
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Guardian UK, June 2003
Guardian UK, March 2004
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Summaries
Bowker Data Service Summary
Kate Adie has reported from many of the world's trouble spots since she joined the BBC in 1969. This autobiography covers her experiences in Northern Ireland, the Middle East, Tiananmen Square and the Gulf War of 1991, revealing her extraordinarily demanding life at the heart of the action.
Long Description
Kate Adie's story is an unusual one. Raised in post-war Sunderland, where life was 'a sunny experience, full of meat-paste sandwiches and Sunday school', she has reported memorably and courageously from many of the world's trouble spots since she joined the BBC in 1969. THE KINDNESS OF STRANGERS encompasses Adie's reporting from, inter alia, Northern Ireland, the Middle East, Tiananmen Square and, of course, the Gulf War of 1991. It offers a compelling combination of vivid frontline reporting and evocative writing and reveals the extraordinarily demanding life of the woman who is always at the heart of the action. Although an intensely private person, Kate Adie also divulges what it's like to be a woman in a man's world - an inspiration to many working women.

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