5.0 out of 5 stars
Remarkable, evocative war journalism, 7 May 2013
I had gone looking for a tourist guide to Sarajevo when I found this book. I read an Accidental MP many years ago and was captivated by that so thought this was almost certainly worth a punt.
What a remarkable read. For folk of my age (mid 30s), the Balkans conflict is the first war I really experienced - albeit from the safe and peaceful perspective of my sofa at home. So I think I would find a book on this war interesting in any event. But this was un-put-down-able. Written in Martin's typically British straight-talking style - it tells the war that he didn't report, couldn't report in his day job. And it's in turn evocative, emotional and devastatingly factual. Devastating, because it's so obvious in reading it what should have been obvious then and what should have been done then, and wasn't. Most of all it highlights what a loss it is that we no longer have journalists like this in the business. Or indeed MPs.