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14 March 2017 7:30pm

Topping & Company Book events provide rich illumination into an author's work and help deepen the experience of reading. They are lively experiences with the emphasis on direct communication between author and audience. The talks usually last about an hour, followed by questions, and then there is an opportunity to meet the speaker and have a book signed.

All around the world, for hundreds of years, wherever war and strife break out, foreign correspondents have been engaged in uncovering the latest news and - despite all obstacles - reporting it by whatever means available. It's a working life that is difficult, exciting and undeniably glamorous. If anyone has the right to tell the story of these correspondents then John Simpson is surely that man. In a distinguished BBC career spanning fifty years, he has reported on all of the major conflicts of our time with an unflinching gaze and a deep understanding of the tensions, human stories and terrible consequences of war. In We Chose to Speak of War and Strife, he brings us pivotal moments in our history - from the Crimean War to Vietnam, the siege of Sarajevo to the fall of Baghdad - through the eyes of those who risked life and limb to witness them first hand.

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