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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Macmillan Digital Audio; 1 edition (19 Sept. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230704328
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230704329
  • Product Dimensions: 12.5 x 2.5 x 14 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,467,976 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A superb writer... All the human life of the last third of the 20th century is in these pages.' -- Simon Heffer, The Daily Telegraph

'An amazing cast of famous people - royals, politicians, generals and pop stars - cross the pages'
-- Readers Digest

'Ann Leslie is quite simply one of the most fearless, talented and witty journalists in Britain today.' -- Gavin Esler, Newsnight presenter and thriller writer

'Daily Mail veteran who writes like a salsa-dancing viper'
-- Daily Echo

'Gloriously funny...unfailingly entertaining.' -- Mail on Sunday

'Leslie's book...teases out the woman beneath the bravery...Studded with the best pound-for-pound anecdotes you'll find anywhere' -- Independent

'What worlds she's seen, what a life she's had - at long last, the memoirs of the fearless, witty, indomitable Ann Leslie' -- Deborah Moggach

'a memoir that is not only entertaining but could serve as a vade mecum to recent world history' -- Daily Mail

'a vivid, absorbing book which...conveys what it's like to live through wars, civil conflict, oppression and historic change'
-- Guardian

Whether you agree with her or not you can always be sure her views are based on her outstanding journalism, and couched in her own sparkling style. -- Esther Rantzen --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The long-awaited and utterly enthralling autobiography of a Fleet Street legend --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Ann Leslie was the guest editor on BBC4's Today programme over the Christmas period. I happened to tune in and heard her describing her life as a journalist. Until then, whilst I was aware of her, I'd never read any of her work or taken much notice when she was on television, and had dismissed her as yet another talking head journalist luvvie. How wrong I was.
In this book she describes her life from childhood in India, early work on a provincial newspaper and then to her travels around the world's often dangerous places, meeting many of the people, nice and not so nice, who helped shape the late 20th century. Being of the same generation as her, it was fascinating to read her views on these people. She confirms my opinion of most of them.
Kindle formatting again lets the book down in a few areas - Cape town is always 'Gape Town', Muhammed Ali 'Muhammed All', SO becomes '50' but this is not so bad as to detract from the book. Well worth a read.
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I’ve admired Ann Leslie’s level-headedness and no-nonsense approach in her journalism for a long time, so I was delighted to discover this autobiography.

Her writing style is engaging and she relates hair-raising experiences in some of the most dangerous locations in the world, as well as describing the desperate circumstances and dangers faced by many oppressed people.

She grew up in India, where her story begins and went on to fight her corner in the male-dominated world of journalism. She has met despots, megalomaniacs and extremists – and made studied changes to her appearance and her approach in order to ingratiate herself with them. But it’s not all world politics, some subjects of her stories are from the world of sport and entertainment.

Ann Leslie has travelled to places from which millions of others would flee – if only they could.

You may not agree with her political views, but she’s certainly seen enough to earn the right to those views.

Aside from being an excellent and entertaining autobiography, this book provides a potted history of the second half of the twentieth century. I learned a lot from this book – and expanded my vocabulary!
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Format: Paperback
Self-deprecating, humorous, and at times touching. Altogether this is a thoroughly entertaining account of one woman's adventures in the male-dominated world of print journalism.
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You may disagree with Ann Leslie's views but her views are not formed by sitting on the armchair and watching telly. She has had a first hand account of events and met the personalities who have shaped our world. She has the guts to stand up to tyrants and the wisdom that does not allow her to be fooled. Add to her courage and wisdom, her remarkable humour and you will see why this is a fascinating book to read.

As until I am writing this review she is the only Western journalist I know who has reported the massacre of Iranian political prisoners in 1988 and been to their mass graves in Khavaraan cemetery outside Tehran.
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One of the most interesting articles imaginable. Truly interesting and informative about the very varied locations visited by the writer in her long career as a foreign correspondent. Extremely readable and often very, very funny. I can truly recommend this book.
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Leslie writes in an engaging way about her long life as a journalist, travelling the world and meeting more famous people than you could shake a stick at.

She's at her most amusing describing the antics of people she dislikes, such as the Clintons (both of them) and Princesses Margaret and Diana. She claims that the only time she was forced to amend her copy was when she described Diana as 'promiscuous' and a shocked editor took it out.

Occasionally, she bigs herself up a bit, sneaking into places where lesser mortals fail, usually by putting on a dotty-old-lady act, in a way that's not always convincing, but this is a rattling good read and will while away several happy hours.
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By cabs on 3 Mar. 2012
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I must admit I found this book pretty heavy going. Wow what a life she leads, I stuck at it and would recommend it but with something lighter in between.
I dislike the use of what I consider unacceptable language in many books these days and wonder why it should be necessary.
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This was good read if a little long winded at times. Worth struggling through. Easy to see why Ann Leslie remains such a popular spokesperson on the TV. She has very credible comments to make on a huge range of topics if her views are strongly held at times, she certainly seems to be a good judge of charcters in the forefront of the world stage and politics in particular.
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