About Christina Lamb

One of Britain’s leading foreign correspondents and a bestselling author

Christina Lamb is one of Britain’s leading foreign correspondents and a bestselling author.  She has reported from most of the world’s hotspots starting with Afghanistan after an unexpected wedding invitation led her to Karachi in 1987 when she was just 22. She moved to Peshawar to cover the mujaheddin fighting the Soviet Union and within two years she had been named Young Journalist of the Year. Since then she has won 15 major awards including five times being named Foreign Correspondent of the Year and Europe’s top war reporting prize, the Prix Bayeux. She was made an OBE by the Queen in 2013 and is an honorary fellow of University College, Oxford.

She was recently named Feature Writer of the Year in the 2019 British Press Awards; in 2017 she won the Sue Lloyd-Roberts/UNHCR award for her writing on refugees; in 2016 she won the Foreign Press Association award for Feature Story of the Year for an article on the Chibok girls in Nigeria and in 2015 Amnesty International’s Newspaper Journalist of the Year for reporting from inside Libyan detention centres.

Currently Chief Foreign Correspondent for the Sunday Times of London, her postings have included South Africa, Pakistan, Brazil and Washington, and she is particularly known for her writing highlighting how war affects women.

She has written nine books including the bestselling The Africa House and I Am Malala, as well as Farewell Kabul and The Girl from Aleppo. Her first play Drones, Baby, Drones co-written with Ron Hutchinson was performed at London’s Arcola Theatre in 2016.

Her latest book is Our Bodies, Their Battlefield: What War Does to Women, (London: William Collins, March 2020), described by eminent historian Antony Beevor as “the most powerful and disturbing book I have ever read”. It will be published by Scribner in the US in September 2020, with translations in Germany, France, Italy, Netherlands, Sweden, Lithuania, Brazil and Croatia throughout 2020 and 2021.

An inspirational speaker, she has given talks all over the world, from NATO conferences to the annual Avon Ladies convention, as well as performing storied in London and New York for The Moth, and a TEDx on Women and War. Her portrait has been in the National Portrait Gallery and the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. She inspired the character of war correspondent Esther in the novel The Zahir (2005) written by international best-selling author Paulo Coelho. She is on the boards of the Institute of War and Peace Reporting and Afghan Connection. She lives in London with her family.

Photograph: The Arts Club, Dover Street London and Tom Lewis Russell Photography

The Arts Club, London / Tom Lewis Russell Photography

Photograph: The Arts Club, Dover Street London and Tom Lewis Russell Photography

The Arts Club, London / Tom Lewis Russell Photography

Christina Lamb is one of Britain’s leading foreign correspondents and a bestselling author.  She has reported from most of the world’s hotspots starting with Afghanistan after an unexpected wedding invitation led her to Karachi in 1987 when she was just 22. She moved to Peshawar to cover the mujaheddin fighting the Soviet Union and within two years she had been named Young Journalist of the Year. Since then she has won 15 major awardsincluding five times being named Foreign Correspondent of the Year and Europe’s top war reporting prize, the Prix Bayeux. She was made an OBE by the Queen in 2013 and is an honorary fellow of University College, Oxford.

She was recently named Feature Writer of the Year in the 2019 British Press Awards; in 2017 she won the Sue Lloyd-Roberts/UNHCR award for her writing on refugees; in 2016 she won the Foreign Press Association award for Feature Story of the Year for an article on the Chibok girls in Nigeria and in 2015 Amnesty International’s Newspaper Journalist of the Year for reporting from inside Libyan detention centres.

Currently Chief Foreign Correspondent for the Sunday Times of London, her postings have included South Africa, Pakistan, Brazil and Washington, and she is particularly known for her writing highlighting how war affects women.

She has written nine books including the bestselling The Africa House and I Am Malala, as well as Farewell Kabul and The Girl from Aleppo. Her first play Drones, Baby, Drones co-written with Ron Hutchinson was performed at London’s Arcola Theatre in 2016.

Her latest book is Our Bodies, Their Battlefield: What War Does to Women, (London: William Collins, March 2020), described by eminent historian Antony Beevor as “the most powerful and disturbing book I have ever read”. It will be published by Scribner in the US in September 2020, with translations in Germany, France, Italy, Netherlands, Sweden, Lithuania, Brazil and Croatia throughout 2020 and 2021.

An inspirational speaker, she has given talks all over the world, from NATO conferences to the annual Avon Ladies convention, as well as performing storied in London and New York for The Moth, and a TEDx on Women and War. Her portrait has been in the National Portrait Gallery and the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. She inspired the character of war correspondent Esther in the novel The Zahir (2005) written by international best-selling author Paulo Coelho. She is on the boards of the Institute of War and Peace Reporting and Afghan Connection. She lives in London with her family.

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