Soul on Ice: A Life in News

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Pan Books, 2005 - Television journalists - 400 pages
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A hair-raising, revealing and humorous glimpse behind the public dispatches of one of Britain's highest profile TV news journalistsMore than 20 years ago, author Graham Greene told a then ambitious rookie journalist, Gavin Hewitt, that a foreign correspondent must learn to freeze his conscience, to put his 'soul on ice'. In this absorbing volume of autobiography, Hewitt - now one of BBC News' top correspondents - shares a personal journey of learning to see much, but feel little. Furthermore it describes how television news is made and what happens behind the camera. There are moments of extreme fear and moments of humour and friendship too. It is a career in which he has rubbed shoulders with world leaders, royalty, rock stars and the mafia, and found himself arrested, accused of spying and in an army boot camp. Gavin Hewitt offers a real insight into what world figures are like once the camera is turned off and tells the stories he could tell friends, but could never broadcast.

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This book is a real insite into life as a news correspondent, Gavin Hewitt tells a different side to the stories he has covered in the news, a side that could never be broadcast over the airwaves ... Read full review

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About the author (2005)

Gavin Hewitt is a special correspondent for the BBC's Ten O'Clock News . In the past 25 years he has covered most of the major world stories, including the 9/11 terror attacks, the Bali bombing, the Soham murders, the Potters Bar rail crash, and the foot-and-mouth outbreak. He has worked for the BBC’s Panorama and has been a correspondent with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in Toronto. Recently he presented BBC 2’s Crisis Command.

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