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War reporting for cowards
War reporting for cowards

War reporting for cowards

By Chris Ayres

Recommended by Scott Inglis

The journalist thought he had it all made when he launched a career as a glitzy showbiz hack.

Dates with celebrity A list stars were within touching distance, as were long nights spent glugging champagne amongst America’s great and the good.

But all this was back in early 2001 and the world was about to change forever.

After the events of September 11 suddenly there wasn’t as much appetite for showbiz coverage, so Chris was instead assigned by his editor to embed with a United States Marine battalion during the invasion of Iraq.

For this red headed, pale skinned Brit, having to swap his tux for a chemical warfare suit was quite a culture shock.

What follows is a book full of genuinely terrifying tales from the front-line as Chris is thrown straight in at the deep end to bloody conflict.

The stories, though, are told in a hilarious way by a clearly talented writer.