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Love in a Time of War
28 Oct 2021 * HARDBACK * £20 * 9781801102513

A love affair against a background of war, revolution and invasion: two passionate, committed foreign correspondents find each other as the Middle East falls apart.

Non Fiction / BM (Memoir)
Extent: 448 pages  Format: 234 x 153 mm Illus: 1 x 8pp col
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Love in a Time of War: My Years with Robert Fiskby Lara Marlowe

The Irish Times bestseller

'A gripping tale of savagery and courage' Noam Chomsky
'Fascinating and captivating' Irish Times
'A beautiful book... Full of pain and longing but also joy, adventure, and excitement' Janine di Giovanni
'A superb account of the life and work of the best reporter I have ever known' Patrick Cockburn

When Lara Marlowe met Robert Fisk in 1983 in Damascus, he was already a famous war correspondent. She was a young American reporter who would become a renowned journalist in her own right. For the next twenty years, they were lovers, husband and wife and friends, occasionally angry and estranged from one another, but ultimately reconciled. They learned from each other and from the people in the ruined world they reported from: Lebanon, torn apart by a vicious civil war as well as Israeli and Syrian occupations; Iran, where they were the only journalists to interview the Middle East's chief hostage-taker and dispatcher of suicide bombers; the Islamist revolt that claimed up to 200,000 lives in Algeria; the disintegration of former Yugoslavia and two US-led wars on Iraq. This is at once a portrait of a remarkable man, the story of a Middle East broken by its own divisions and outside powers, and a moving account of a relationship in dark times.

Lara Marlowe was born in California and studied French at UCLA and the Sorbonne, then International Relations at Oxford. She started her career in journalism as an associate producer with CBS's '60 Minutes' programme, then covered the Arab world from Beirut for the Financial Times and TIME magazine. She joined the Irish Times as Paris correspondent in 1996 and returned to Paris in 2013 after serving as Washington correspondent during the first Obama administration. Marlowe was made a Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur in 2006 for her contribution to Franco-Irish relations.

An Irish Times bestseller, and has sold over 13k copies in hardback.

The story of a relationship but also the story of key global conflicts of the last thirty years.

Robert Fisk was a controversial, celebrated journalist and historian, and Lara Marlowe is movingly honest about him and their relationship.

MARKET: In Extremis, Lindsay Hilsum; Marie Colvin; On All Fronts; Janine di Giovanni; Christina Lamb.


'Part biography, part autobiography, part love story and part a forceful condemnation of war, this is a fascinating and captivating book' Irish Times

'This book is deeply honest and true, and reveals so much about Robert Fisk, his work and his engagement with the world. He and Lara Marlowe worked on the frontline of human experience, braided together by love and language and war. This is a portrait of a couple bound in a lovesong, which like all such songs confronts the vagaries of leaving, longing and loss' Colum McCann

'This is a superb account of the life and work of the best reporter I have ever known. Robert Fisk was unswerving in his defence of the weak and the powerless and in exposing the crimes of governments past and present. This book shows how he did it' Patrick Cockburn

'A beautiful book that chronicles the story of two people whose relationship and careers were shaped by the journalism of a different era. It is full of pain and longing but also joy, adventure, and excitement' Janine di Giovanni, Foreign Policy

'A gripping tale of savagery and courage, of history in the making, intertwined with rich personal reminiscences – and through it all, a captivating portrait of the life and work of Robert Fisk, a truly great journalist' Noam Chomsky

'Working alongside Robert Fisk was a joy – it was life on a roller-coaster, full of stories, insight, and boundless energy. His fierce independence was legendary: he looked for the raw truth, however uncomfortable' Kate Adie

'A vivid memoir of life during wartime with a journalistic legend' Sunday Business Post

'Saga of love, adventure, courage, and heartache' Irish Examiner

'This is at once a portrait of a remarkable man, the story of a Middle East broken by its own divisions and outside powers, and a moving account of a relationship in dark times' Clare Champion

'A genuinely 'unputdownable' and moving story, a fierce rebuke of violence and war, the arrogance and indifference of others. It is a great testament to the victims and survivors of conflict, and to the absolute necessity and importance of journalists such as Fisk and Marlowe' David Peace

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