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Letter to Daniel: Despatches from the Heart (BBC) [Paperback]

Aung San Suu Kyi , Fergal Keane , Tony Grant
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18 Nov 1996 BBC
Fergal Keane is one of the BBC's best known foreign correspondents. His latest work for Radio 4 was "Letter to Daniel", an emotional message to his newborn son. This work contains a collection of his pieces and includes the "Letter to Daniel" and a similar despatch he wrote to his deceased father. The book also features many of his pieces for "From Our Own Correspondent" and articles written for the "Spectator", the "Guardian" and the "BBC Worldwide" magazine.

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  • Paperback: 238 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; Reprint edition (18 Nov 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 014026289X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140262896
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 13 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 83,501 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Fergal Keane is multi-award winning foreign correspondent and best-selling writer whose account of one of the Second World War's most extraordinary battles has just been published by Harper Collins. The book 'Road of Bones: the Siege of Kohima 1944' tells the story of the epic struggle at Kohima where a tiny British and Indian garrison held off an entire enemy division and halted the attempted Japanese invasion of northeastern India. It is a story of heroism and brutality and the folly of imperial dreams. The book is the fruit of intensive research in Britain, Japan and India and brings vividly to life the intensity of the hand to hand combat and the horror of the Japanese retreat back into Burma. Keane's previous works include an account of the Rwandan genocide, "Season of Blood" (Penguin Books), which won the George Orwell prize as well as the top ten bestseller, 'Letter To Daniel.' He has also been awarded the James Cameron and Edward R.Murrow prizes, among many others. He is the author of four previous books and two collections of journalism. Keane works as a Special Correspondent with BBC News and lives in London with his wife and two children.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Closer to home than any book I've ever read 29 Oct 2002
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I read Fergal Keane's book & often put it down, not because it bored me, but because I had to have a good cry. I'm South African, have lived in Ireland & am currently in Asia for a while & Fergal's book spoke of the people in all these countries & continents with more understanding than I have ever encountered. It brought a lot of understanding to the emotions of all parties involved in the various conflicts & he writes with compassion, even understanding some situations that can never seem to be understood. There will be a story in this book that will touch you, deeply, no matter where you live.
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Keane should be a poet. His combination of honesty, heartfelt emotion and detached observation creates an engaging book that cannot be put down. He is not afraid to look into the abyss of humanity and struggle to understand. From the horrors of genocide in Rwanda and aparteid in South Africa to reflection back home in Ireland Keane comes across as someone you want know and be with. I urge you to read this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is my book of 1998 12 Feb 1999
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Fergal Keane sets out on a journey through Ireland , Asia and Africa. His reporting not only established a deeper understanding of the conflicts in these areas but also a real insight into his motivations. He writes as a father and a son and on his life as a BBC news reporter. He reveals in one short book his values for each in these roles. I laid the book down with not only a much better understanding of him , but of myself as well. News reporting could be one of the world's key occuaptions. These guys are the eyes and ears of all of us. But we are not often exposed to heartfelt reporting, being subjected to ever decreasing snippets of CNN speak. This book goes that extra mile, I empathised with his views and I shed a tear with him too. Truly an excellent book , I hope you get as much from it as I did.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Expand your mind 13 April 2006
As with the other books I've read by this author, it never ceases to amaze me how little I know about what has gone on on this planet whilst I've been alive, let alone what happened before I arrived. Keane's straight from the heart stories astonish you - despite avidly following news and reading newspapers, you do not realise how many of the world's events just pass us all by. I have discovered some truly horrific things about the human race as well as some touching stories. Keane is a true storyteller as well as a journalist, and this book links the two styles of writing well. This book takes you from Rwanda to the old Yugoslavia with snippets from Keane's time here - moving, interesting and inspiring.
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