Christina Lamb OBE is one of Britain's leading foreign correspondents. She has been named Foreign Correspondent of the Year five times in the British Press Awards and What the Papers Say Awards and in 2007 was winner of the Prix Bayeux Calvados - one of the world's most prestigious prizes for war correspondents, for her reporting from Afghanistan.
She has won numerous other awards starting with Young Journalist of the Year in the British Press Awards for her coverage of the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan in 1988; was part of the News Reporter of the year for BCCI; and won the Foreign Press Association award for reporting on Zimbabwean teachers forced into prostitution, and Amnesty International award for the plight of street children in Rio.
She was named by Grazia magazine as one of their Icons of the Decade and by She magazine as one of BritainÕs Most Inspirational Women. The ASHA foundation chose her as one of their inspirational women worldwide www.asha-foundation.org with her portrait featuring in a special exhibition in the National Portrait Gallery. Her portrait has also been in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. She was awarded the OBE in the 2013 New Years Honours.
Currently roving Foreign Affairs Correspondent for the Sunday Times, she has been a foreign correspondent for more than 20 years, living in Pakistan, Brazil and South Africa first for the Financial Times then the Sunday Times. She has also spent a year as a Nieman Fellow at Harvard where she met her husband.
She is the author of the best-selling book The Africa House as well as House of Stone: The True Story of a Family Divided in War-torn Zimbabwe; Waiting For Allah Š: Pakistans struggle for democracy; and The Sewing Circles of Herat, My Afghan Years which was runner up as Best Non Fiction book in the Barnes & Noble Great New Writers Awards. Her most recent book is Small Wars Permitting: Despatches from Foreign Lands, a collection of her reportage.
A fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and inveterate traveller, she was educated at Oxford University from which she holds a degree in politics, philosophy and economics. She is married with a young son and lives between London and Portugal.
from the Sunday Times, Sunday Telegraph, and Financial Times,
Christina’s work has appeared in the New York Times, New
Statesman, Spectator, Time magazine and Conde Nast Traveller.
As the first journalist to have access to the transcripts of
interrogations of Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the mastermind of
9/11, her investigation was the subject of an ABC Nightline
programme. She was one of the journalists interviewed by Oliver
North for his programme on War correspondents in his Fox TV
series War Stories and featured in Lou Hamilton’s film
War Women. She is a frequent commentator on Afghanistan, Pakistan
and Zimbabwe on radio and television in Britain, Canada,
Australia and the US and has given talks to schools, MPs, NATO
and the military, and taught literary non-fiction at the Arvon
Foundation. Christina is also a regular newspaper reviewer on
Sky TV. She is on the board of the Institute
for War and Peace Reporting and a patron of the charities Afghan Connection and Hope for Children. Her work inspired the book
Zahir of multi-million selling author Paulo
from an interview with barnesandnoble.com
always wanted to write and decided to become a journalist to
have some adventures and make some money. I was 21 when I set
off to live in the frontier town of Peshawar to report on the
war in Afghanistan, and I had absolutely no idea what foreign
correspondents needed -- or did for that matter. I could hardly
carry my suitcase, which contained lots of novels including
a dog-eared copy of Rudyard Kipling's Kim, a supply of wine
gums, a bottle of Chanel perfume, Mahler's Fifth, and a pink
felt rabbit. I will never forget getting off the Flying Coach
in the old city just as the sun was setting, struggling with
this oversized case, and being surrounded by rickshaws honking
and people trying to sell me things, and realizing I didn't
have a clue where I was going to stay.”
always been fascinated by the first explorers and settlers in
Africa who headed off with maps with great blank spaces that
said things like, ‘Here be cannibals,' and I have often
found myself following Livingstone's footsteps. My book The
Africa House is set by the Lake of the Royal Crocodiles, where
Livingstone's little dog Chitane was eaten and his porters ran
off with his quinine on his ill-fated last journey. I got married
in Zanzibar in the church founded by him. It was just us, and
the priest's wife and a taxi driver as witnesses. Afterward,
my husband, Paulo, had to sign on the marriage certificate to
say whether he was monogamous, polygamous, or potentially polygamous.
Fortunately he ticked the first, or it might have been an extremely