For over thirty years, Mark Austin has covered the biggest stories in the world for ITN and Sky News. As a foreign correspondent and anchorman he has witnessed first-hand some of the most significant events of our times, including the Iraq War, during which his friend and colleague Terry Lloyd was killed by American 'friendly fire', the historic transition in South Africa from the brutality of apartheid to democracy, the horrors of the Rwandan genocide, and natural disasters such as the Haiti earthquake and the Mozambique floods.
The stories themselves will be familiar to many people, but less well known are the often extraordinary behind the scenes tales of a newsman's life on the road; the problems encountered in some of the most dangerous places on earth; the days when things go badly wrong; the moments of high drama and raw emotion and, quite often, the hilarious happenings the viewer never imagines and only seldom sees.
Based on decades of experience on the front lines, this candid and revealing memoir gives a startling insight into one man's extraordinary career and lifts the lid on the world of television news.
Mark Austin is one of the very finest television journalists anywhere, and his charming, insightful view of the world, as laid back yet gutsy as the man himself, is a delight to read. Author: John SimpsonMark Austin made his name as a distinguished journalist and one of the popular news anchors on Independent Television News... His great good fortune was to get sent to Washington to report on the Trump administration, surely one of the most unorthodox presidencies of our time. For this alone his book is a must read. Author: Sir Trevor McDonaldAuthoritative, searching and honest - Austin writes as brilliantly about the personal as about the professional encounters he's had. Author: Emily MaitlisThis is a riveting book for those who love news by one of the best in the business. Author: Piers MorganThis insightful and superb book takes you to World Cups, to conflicts in war-torn countries, to division in Trump's America... A terrific read. Author: Gary LinekerMark Austin is a brilliant journalist and a great guy. Read this book to be informed, entertained - and moved. Author: Jeremy Bowen