The agony of Zimbabwe, what chance for change?

book_houseofstonechristina_lambChristina first visited Zimbabwe in 1994 and over the last eight years she has made repeated trips back to the country despite the banning of British journalists and was the first journalist to expose Mugabe’s rape camps. In 2005 she was named an enemy of the state by Mugabe’s spokesman George Charamba who said she had “a penchant for finding corpses on golf courses”.

Foreign Affairs Correspondent for The Sunday Times, Christina Lamb has spent 20 years on the road since an unexpected wedding invitation when she was just 21 led to her travelling with the mujaheddin fighting the Soviet occupation in Afghanistan. Since then Christina has reported from all over the world, becoming one of Britain’s leading foreign correspondents and winning numerous awards. She has covered wars from Iraq to the Siachen Glacier, the world’s highest battlefield; interviewed dictators such as General Pinochet and heroes such as Nelson Mandela; lived on a fattening farm in southern Nigeria, and narrowly escaped with her life from a Taliban ambush of British troops in Helmand and was on Benazir Bhutto’s bus when it was bombed.

Her books include the best-selling The Africa House as well as House of Stone: The True Story of a Family Divided in War-torn Zimbabwe; Waiting For Allah – Pakistan’s struggle for democracy; and The Sewing Circles of Herat, My Afghan Years. Her most recent book is Small Wars Permitting: Despatches from Foreign Lands, part memoir and part collection of her reportage.