PATRICK GARRETT

OF FORTUNES AND WAR

CLAIRE HOLLINGWORTH, FIRST OF THE FEMALE WAR CORRESPONDENTS

OUT NOW

 

Patrick Garrett OF FORTUNES AND WAR Two Roads Books

‘The list of female war reporters is long and distinguished. But the great-grandmother of them all was Clare Hollingworth

Mail on Sunday

‘Unputdownable’ 

Alexander McCall Smith

‘One of the most unforgettable journalists I have ever met’ 

Chris Patten

‘She was a pioneer’ 

Kate Adie OBE

A NEW EDITION WITH EXCLUSIVE PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE CLARE HOLLINGWORTH FAMILY ARCHIVE

 

 

Legendary journalist Clare Hollingworth died in Hong Kong aged 105 in January 2017 after an illustrious career spanning the 20th century. Clare was famous for getting ‘the scoop of the century’: the outbreak of the Second World War. From witnessing the first aerial bombings against England in the First World War, through Hitler’s Blitzkrieg, Clare’s résumé included desert war in North Africa, civil war in Greece, terrorism in Jerusalem, naming Philby as the Third Man, and guerrilla warfare in Vietnam and Borneo.

She had an uncanny ability to make headlines throughout her century-long life. And although her style of journalism was very different from the 24-hour breaking rolling news we have today, the need for detailed eye-witness reporting seems even more important today as we face an onslaught of fake news and alternative facts.

The story is not just about news and war however: through access to family papers and personal accounts, her great-nephew Patrick Garrett is able to show Clare in three dimensions, explain her life and loves, and show how she dealt with the pressures of life as a correspondent – decades before women were routinely accepted in this role.

Patrick Garrett OF FORTUNES AND WAR Two Roads Books

Patrick Garrett OF FORTUNES AND WAR Two Roads Books Patrick Garrett OF FORTUNES AND WAR Two Roads Books

Patrick Garrett OF FORTUNES AND WAR Two Roads Books

PATRICK GARRETT is Clare Hollingworth’s great nephew. He followed his aunt into journalism at an early age, and also ended up attending a fair number of wars and revolutions. Patrick followed Clare to Hong Kong in 1997 to report on its return to Chinese sovereignty. 

In 2007 Patrick finally started work writing her biography, little expecting that it would take him nearly a decade. But telling the tale of a life as eventful as Clare’s, spanning more than a century, he should probably have known better. 

Patrick divides his time between Hong Kong and Russia.

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