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Of Fortunes and War

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‘The list of female war reporters is long and distinguished. But the great-grandmother of them all was Clare HollingworthMail on Sunday ‘She was a pioneer’ Kate Adie OBE
‘Unputdownable’ Alexander McCall Smith
‘One of the most unforgettable journalists I have ever met’ Chris Patten

Legendary pioneering journalist Clare Hollingworth died in Hong Kong aged 105 in January 2017 after an illustrious career spanning the great events of the 20th century. Clare was famous for getting ‘the scoop of the century‘: the outbreak of the World War 2. 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.



Clare made an extraordinary impact in journalism. Who did the first interview with the Shah of Iran? Clare Hollingworth. Who did the last interview all those years - 30 - 40 - years later, after he fell? Clare Hollingworth. And she was the only person he wanted to speak to. And that's really the measure of the woman
John Simpson CBE
A fascinating account of an extraordinary career. This vivid story, beautifully told, is unputdownable
Alexander McCall Smith
Clare Hollingworth is certainly one of the most unforgettable journalists I have ever met and one of the greatest journalists of the 20th century
Chris Patten
Clare Hollingworth was one of the greatest reporters of the 20th century, and famously scooped the competition by reporting the German invasion of Poland in 1939 before anyone else did, for the Daily Telegraph
Charles Moore
Clare Hollingworth was a remarkable journalist, an inspiration to all reporters but in particular to subsequent generations of women foreign correspondents
Chris Evans, editor, Daily Telegraph
It was her dispatches that alerted the British Foreign Office to the fact that Germany had invaded Poland in 1939. Many of us who have come afterwards, and the generations afterwards, look back and are proud to remember that it is not us pioneering. It's them. It's Clare and that band of women who really did it for us
Christiane Amanpour CBE
Patrick Garrett's biography of his great-aunt Clare Hollingworth, Of Fortunes and War, is an enthrallingly well-researched and clear-eyed account of the career of this fearless war correspondent. It's fascinating on the excitements of life in wartime Bucharest and Beirut and on Hollingworth's friendship with Burgess, Maclean and Philby, as well as satisfyingly thorough on her personal life.
Markie Robson-Scott, The Tablet
She was a pioneer
Kate Adie OBE
She was regarded by everyone as the most formidable foreign correspondent around, not just of women but out of everyone
John Humphrys