Lost In Transmission
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A funny and moving memoir of a young journalist on a mission to make sense of life in a part of the world that never makes sense... 'I grew up with lessons of Australian men as hardy, practical types, strong and stoic. They went off to war for years in jungles and deserts, and never had the need or time to talk about it when they came home. I haven't even fought a war; merely skirted its edges. But if Khurram is right and the soul can only travel at camel's speed, then mine has a lot of catching up to do.' When Jonathan Harley is finally offered his dream job as a foreign correspondent, he is suddenly no longer so sure he wants it. He's just fallen in love, hard. But he can't pass up the chance of becoming the ABC's man in South Asia - and the adventure of a lifetime. Lost In Transmission is his funny, moving and thoroughly entertaining account of what it's really like not only to be a foreign correspondent but to be literally a stranger in an even stranger land, struggling to make sense of life in a region that never makes sense. As he finds - and often fumbles - his way around his new beat, from his base in New Delhi, across the wilds of India to Pakistan, Nepal to Afghanistan and beyond to Iraq, Harley shares the misadventures, both hilarious and terrifying. From covering India's endearingly over the top reaction to the demise of our beloved Don to being the only Australian journalist in Afghanistan on September 11, he throws us in the deep end with him as he lurches from one hair-raising adventure to the next. Whether he is laughing at himself or exposing the ugly face of war, Harley shifts effortlessly between the serious, the sublime and the ridiculous, but his take is never less than searingly honest. Part adventure, part extreme travel, Lost In Transmission is also a disarmingly intimate account of a young man growing up way faster than a camel can walk and confronting his humanity and sanity along the way. It is also a story of long distance love, and the true meaning of being lost and found.
- Penguin Random House Australia, August 2013
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