The Kindness of Strangers by Kate Adie

About the book

Kate Adie has courageously reported from all over the world since she joined the BBC in 1969. These memoirs encompass her reporting from, inter alia, Northern Ireland, the Middle East, Tiananmen Square and, of course, the Gulf War of 1991. From the siege at the Iranian embassy which shot her to public acclaim, to an alarming encounter with a drunken Libyan army commander who shot her at point-blank range, from the chaos and mayhem of desert warfare to Gracie Field’s bizarre funeral, Kate has cooly kept us in touch through her reasoned and level reporting. Although an intensely private person, Kate Adie also divulges how, despite being sent to outlandish places at a moment’s notice, she’s maintained her interest in sailing, singing, and theatre, and what it’s like to be a woman in a man’s world.

Review by Wallington Village reading group:

¬†Our group very divided by this book. Didn’t grab some, politics of BBC off-putting. Some felt it was as if the author was talking too fast, some felt the book jumped around while others thought there was a theme. Very private book considering it is an autobiography. If you admire Kate Adie or like autobiographies should enjoy this book.

Star rating: **/****

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2 thoughts on “The Kindness of Strangers by Kate Adie”

  1. Review by Goodworth Clatford reading group:
    Very well written – a most enjoyable read, interesting, amusing and instructive. Kate Adie has certainly led a most adventurous life and this definately comes over in this book. To be recommended.
    Rating: ****+

  2. Review by Littleton and Harestock WI
    Autobiography about her career rather than about herself. A number of interesting cameos of her reporting experiences, although a little repetitive. A certain lack of person connection (some peoples view).
    Star rating **

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