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The Girl in the Film [Paperback]

Charlotte Eagar
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Book Description

1 July 2008
The Girl in the Film is a passionate novel of love, war and betrayal. Set during the early nineties siege of Sarajevo and in the anti-climax of peace, this is a gripping account of the doomed romance between Amir Begovic, a young Sarajevan trapped in his home town, and Molly Taylor, an idealistic and ambitious journalist covering the war. An extraordinarily intimate portrayal of life under siege, the Girl in the Film not only shows the compromises people have to make to live through war, but also what happens when they are left to survive the peace, once the world's attention has moved on. The story of Sarajevo, and of Amir, is told through the eyes of Molly, as she slowly uncovers the bitter truth of the man, and the city, she thought she knew and loved. Part of the profits of this book will go to Education Builds Bosnia, a Sarajevo-based charity working with war orphans.

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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Reportage Press (1 July 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0955830273
  • ISBN-13: 978-0955830273
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 871,206 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Girl in the Film captures the feel, the texture, the chaos of the war, the back-of-the-throat burn of it and its irresistible pull. Nothing evokes what it is to be young, hopeful, idealistic and at war as effectively as this. --The BBC's Allan Little, author of The Death of Yugoslavia

A great novel about an awful time and its aftermath. The emotions Charlotte Eagar describes are something that only someone who has known these feelings could show with such uncanny, searing accuracy. That is what gives The Girl in the Film its power and will set it apart. --The Economist's Tim Judah, author Kosovo: War and Revenge

About the Author

Award-winning journalist Charlotte Eagar was based in Sarajevo during the siege as the Observer's Balkans Correspondent. She writes regularly for the Evening Standard Magazine.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hollywood, take note! 8 July 2008
This is a wonderful novel, with all the right elements: vivid yet realistic dialogue, a compulsively absorbing plot, and local atmosphere evoked with power and precision (having been to Sarajevo just before the period covered in the book, I can vouch for the accuracy of the descriptions). The combination of keenly-observed detail and gripping emotional currents puts one in mind of Graham Greene - and like many of Greene's novels "The Girl in the Film" seems almost ready-made to make the jump to the screen: the descriptions immediately call up pictures in the mind and the dialogue is so good you can hear it being spoken as you read. This would make an excellent movie, but don't wait to see it; buy the book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read 8 July 2008
The Girl in the Film starts as the story of a young journalist and then develops into a love story and a thriller. The story is riveting and the dialogue is incredibly life-like. Whilst you want to finish the story to find out the ending at the same time you don't want it to end. Whether you've been to the Balkans or not (I haven't) the descriptions are incredibly evocative and you feel that you are part of the story.

A fantastic read and I would definitely recommend it as it's one of the best novels I have read in a while.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing! 30 Jan 2012
By Ofratko
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I have to agree with all reviewers here. This book is truly amazing. I truly admire war journalists. I believe their work is incredibly important. And Charlotte is journalist herself and she did cover war in Bosnia. Her description of the siege is unbelievable. it is very accurate. the tragic love story on the background is very well written and you can't help to feel Amir's pain & Molly's loss( you can't fell in love like this twice. Highly recommended
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring read 11 Aug 2008
The Girl In The Film is a brilliantly observed look behind the scenes of war journalism via a love story. Rookie reporter Molly is the perfect antithesis to the overly confident male equivalent and a refreshing perspective on a brutal macho world. The Bosnian conflict may be over 10 years ago now, but the plight of Sarajevo will never be forgotten. To read the stories behind the headlines, even now, brings it all back. A must-read for any young traveller or journalist, or anyone with a brave heart full of love, adventure and adrenaline.
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