'The list of female war reporters is long and distinguished. But the great-grandmother of them all was Clare Hollingworth' Mail on Sunday 'She was a pioneer' Kate Adie OBE
'Unputdownable' Alexander McCall Smith
'One of the most unforgettable journalists I have ever met' Chris Patten
ONE OF THE INSPIRATIONS BEHIND THE NEW BBC DRAMA WORLD ON FIRE.
Legendary pioneering journalist Clare Hollingworth died in Hong Kong aged 105 in January 2017 after an illustrious career spanning the great events of the 20th century. Clare was famous for getting 'the scoop of the century': the outbreak of the World War 2. From witnessing the first aerial bombings against England in the First World War, through Hitler's Blitzkrieg, Clare's résumé included desert war in North Africa, civil war in Greece, terrorism in Jerusalem, naming Philby as the Third Man, and guerrilla warfare in Vietnam and Borneo.
She had an uncanny ability to make headlines throughout her century-long life. And although her style of journalism was very different from the 24-hour breaking rolling news we have today, the need for detailed eye-witness reporting seems even more important today as we face an onslaught of fake news and alternative facts.
The story is not just about news and war however: through access to family papers and personal accounts, her great-nephew Patrick Garrett is able to show Clare in three dimensions, explain her life and loves, and show how she dealt with the pressures of life as a correspondent - decades before women were routinely accepted in this role.