Christina Lamb is a bestselling author and one of Britain’s leading foreign correspondents. Since starting out in Peshawar where her despatches with the Afghan mujaheddin fighting the Russians saw her named Young Journalist of the Year in the British Press Awards in 1988, she has won Foreign Correspondent of the Year five times as well as the Prix Bayeux,Europe’s most prestigious award for war correspondents and
was awarded an OBE by the Queen in 2013. Currently Foreign Affairs Correspondent for the Sunday Times as well as a Global Fellow for the Wilson Centre for International Affairs in Washington DC, Christina has been based in Islamabad and Rio de Janeiro for the Financial Times and Johannesburg and Washington for the Sunday Times.
From Afghanistan to a More Dangerous World
The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban
The True Story of an English Gentleman and His African Dream
Dispatches from Foreign Lands
The True Story of a Family Divided in War-Torn Zimbabwe
A Memoir of Afghanistan
Pakistan's Struggle for Democracy
Afghan women dread departure of U.S. Forces
When a shepherd’s daughter from northern Afghanistan succeeded in sending the four policemen who had gang-raped her to jail, it seemed to be a turning point for Afghan women.
Newsweek, 18 March 2015
Photograph: Justin Sutcliffe
My year with Malala
She's the most famous schoolgirl in the world. She gets Skyped by the secretary-general of the United Nations, Angelina Jolie drops in for tea, and Madonna has dedicated a song to her.
The Sunday Times, 13 October 2013
Photograph: Paulo Anunciação
Carnival – a dance to the music of crime
I was about to compete in Rio’s yearly carnival parade as one of the 4,500 dancers defending the reputation of the Mangueira samba school - and still I had not mastered the samba despite the valiant efforts of Carlinhos de Jesus, my fleet-footed teacher
Financial Times, 13 March 1993
Photograph: Carnaval.com Studios/Creative Commons
Dances in a carriage - with Zambian smugglers
When we decided to go by train from Mpika, in northern Zambia, to Dar es Salaam, I did not expect my dancing prowess to be on trial. But I should have realised it would be no ordinary journey when I called Tazara reservations and a giggling voice answered, "Here is Beauty".
Financial Times, 21 February 1998
Photograph: Jossejonathan/Creative Commons
"Have you ever used a pistol?"
"Have you ever used a pistol?" yelled Sergeant-Major Mick Bolton amid the Kalashnikov fire and bursts from a machinegun as we ran across a baked-mud field and dived for cover. "If it comes down to it, everyone's going to have to fight."
The Sunday Times, 2 July 2006
Photograph: Justin Sutcliffe
'It was what we feared, but dared not to happen'
I was standing in the middle of Benazir Bhutto's open-top bus, talking to Aitzaz Ahsan, her long-time legal adviser. We stared at each other in horror. This was what we had all feared but somehow, crazily, dared to hope wouldn't happen.
The Sunday Times, 21 October 2007
Sipping margaritas in the rubble of Kabul
“Look, the swimming pool is in the shape of a martini glass,” boasts Alex as he shows several visitors around his soon-to-be-opened hotel-cum-blackjack lounge.
The New York Times, 10 July 2004
Photograph: Chris Fahey/USAF
Tea with Pinochet
When I called a cab to take me to Wentworth Golf Estate, the driver expressed surprise that I was carrying no golf clubs, but seemed happy with my explanation that I was visiting someone for tea.
New Statesman, 26 July 1999
Photograph: Wikimedia Commons
The tribe that stood their ground
What do you do if you're waiting to be picked up by some Indians from the Enawene Nawe tribe on a river bank in the depths of the Brazilian rainforest and they don't turn up?
The Sunday Times, 15 February 2009
Photograph: Fiona Watson/Survival