Strange Places, Questionable People
by John Simpson
Pages: 566 pages
Publisher: Pan Books; Revised edition (November 1999)
For over thirty years, John Simpson has travelled the world to report on the most significant events of our time. From being punched in the stomach by Harold Wilson on one of his first days as a reporter, to escaping summary execution in Beirut, flying into Teheran with the returning Ayatollah Khomeini, and narrowly avoiding entrapment by a beautiful Czech secret agent, Simpson has had an astonishingly eventful career. In 1989 he witnessed the Tiananmen Square massacre, the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of Communism throughout Eastern Europe and, only weeks later, in South Africa, the release of Nelson Mandela. With Simpson’s uncanny knack of being in the right place at the right time, this autobiography is a ring-side seat at every major event in recent global history. ‘So vivid I could feel my heart beating’ Jonathan Mirsky, Spectator ‘great stories, sometimes harrowing, sometimes hilarious’. – “Daily Telegraph”.