WHAT READERS THINK OF THE BOOK

 

“I have enjoyed the read very much, not least because I’ve met or known a good 25-30 of the characters who figure in your caravansersai… You conjure up the various atmospheres with skill and style. The grinding banality of communist bureaucracy,  also the violence & deceit of the system; the frequent reluctance of those at home HQ to accept an evidence-based view from the field; the weaving & ducking of competing egos within a business setting; and the occasional rare, but overwhelming realisation of being present at a historic turning point in the ‘cold clockwork of the stars and nations’…

 

“The memoir reminds us that a good journalist has to be as stubborn/patient as hell , if his focus is not to be dissolved in or distracted by the ‘cloud’ of competing influences & pressures in the public arena –  in beekeeping terms, how to spot the queen amid the thousands of moving workers and drones once you open up the hive.”

JW

 

“I have really enjoyed reading this chapter. It captures the essence of BP superbly.”

PG-B

 

“I have found it a fascinating read. I congratulate you most heartily.”

APN

 

“Great Stuff! Congrats.”

TM

 

“An excellent and engaging read…it tells us all kinds of things about journalism in the 1970s 1980s and 1990s that we wouldn’t learn from a more commercial memoir. Self-publishing gives that freedom!”

SE

 

“I have read Robin Knight’s dispatches since we first met when he was based in South Africa during apartheid. I have followed him as he moved around the world and what a wonderful guide he has been: reporting coolly, intelligently, insightfully and always with knowledge. He is the ultimate professional. In ‘A Road Less Travelled’ he not only looks again at places and situations he has reported but reveals stories behind the stories.”  Benjamin Pogrund Jerusalem

 

“An impressive account of a darn interesting life and career – an enviable one as well.”

GY

 

“I do not enjoy reading…However, I enjoyed every minute of A Road Less Travelled primarily because it dealt with people and places and events that are part of my living history. It is also written in a style that I am comfortable with.”

SAL

 

“What a treat to read such elegant writing! Fast paced and enthralling. I was riveted.”

JD

 

“Not only have I read your book from cover to cover but I actually really enjoyed it. Your style is very easy and you covered so much of the ‘history’ that all our generation has lived through. It was easy to follow, particularly as it was written by someone who has walked on the leading edge of the politics of the last 50 years.”

JA

 

“Beautifully written – so articulate, crisp and succinct. I really enjoyed learning about your life. Thank you for sharing it.”

SL

 

“Bravo! It is a wonderful read about a world we all lost together – to our cost! Reading the book provided a great sense of adventure surrounding events in the world during the later years of the 20th century and also a great sense of loss in a small parallel universe (journalism).”

DP

 

“We enjoyed your book very much. It is a seriously good read.”

HK

 

“The story flows very well. I found myself engrossed right from the opening in Tashkent. And I’ve learned a great deal. In each phase of the narrative I’ve found fascinating new information. Congratulations!”

JT

 

“I must say that I am most surprised that I am enjoying your book! I am not sure I should be associated with such a celebrated author. Well done!”

AK

 

“Just a brief note to say that I read your book with considerable enjoyment. It brings home how little one knows about people who one meets later in life as a result of connections like golf.”

MH

 

“I have just finished your book and thoroughly enjoyed it. It was engaging, interesting and exceptionally well written. You certainly have had a challenging and cosmopolitan life.”

SS

 

“I finished your book yesterday – which by itself is a major compliment as I never read outside holiday trips and I’ve never finished an autobiography in my life! For some reason I found the book compelling and couldn’t put it down.”

RO

 

“Enjoyed your book right through to the end. What a fascinating life! I was struck by what you wrote at the very start – that you wrote the book for yourself. That has led to a considerable strength in that so much of you comes through in your frank and blunt statements about the sundry idiots you have had to deal with.”

BP

 

“Most of the autobiographical material I read by people I know personally seems to be self justifying. (In contrast) you come through in the text with great clarity and honesty.”

JM

 

“Writing a memoir was fully justified. You’ve had such an interesting life and career. A constant theme is the role played by Jean. Altogether it’s a wonderfully rounded picture.”

JB

 

“I couldn’t put the book down. As a fast reader it was a particular disappointment to me that it wasn’t longer. A ‘good read’ as the reviewers might put it.”

VS

 

“Just half way through but I want to let you know that I am already moved by what I have read. The writing is wonderful. The adjectives are precisely perfect and rich. And your voice is warm and self-deprecating, yet firm and confident – a difficult combination to master. The impeccable research and accurate detail are also your signatory style.”

GT

 

“It’s terrific – probably the best book on US News that has been, or ever will be, written. It’s factual and fascinating and it was especially illuminating to learn how Jean gracefully endured all those difficult years.”

WM

 

“I couldn’t put your book down. Really well written, a true autobiography that captures the guts of the various travails and travels of a life on the journalistic road. The book will appeal to anyone interested in the great themes of the 20th century.”

DW

 

“I want to congratulate you on your wonderful book. I found myself sitting at the kitchen table engrossed in the first chapter and finding that I was reading a spy novel by Len Deighton!”

HG

 

“Enjoy this fine offering from one who charged into a way of life that few other RNR cadets can have experienced.”

Ewen Southby-Tailyour in the 2012 Old Pangbournian magazine

 

“For an insider’s account of those magical, imperfect and ultimately doomed days (of the mainstream media in the US), and for a deeper understanding of the kind of journalism that newsmagazines represented, Robin Knight’s memoir is a must.”

John Marks in his blog john.purplestateofmind.com 10.11.11