The Granta Book Of Reportage | Granta

  • Published: 06/02/2006
  • ISBN: 9781862078154
  • 129x20mm
  • 448 pages

The Granta Book Of Reportage

Ian Jack

Since its relaunch in 1979, Granta magazine has championed the art and craft of reportage – journalism marked by vivid description, a novelist’s eye to form and eyewitness reporting that reveals hidden truths about people and events that have shaped the world we know. This new edition of The Granta Book of Reportage collects a dozen of the finest and most lasting pieces Granta has published. Featuring distinguished writers and reporters – John Simpson, James Fenton, Martha Gellhorn, Germaine Greer, Ryszard Kapuscinski, John le Carre, as well as new talents Elana Lappin, Suketu Mehta and Wendell Steavenson – the book covers some of the signal events of our time: the fall of Saigon, the end of apartheid in South Africa, the massacre in Tiananmen Square and the aftermath of the American invasion of Iraq.

Some of the most powerful journalism of [recent] years, transmitting excitement and intelligence that would be hard to match

John Carey, Sunday Times

Killer stuff


Excellent ... Old-fashioned journalism at its best - authoritative, interesting, passionate and honest

Philip Knightley, Mail on Sunday

The Author

Ian Jack edited Granta from 1995 to 2007, having previously edited the Independent on Sunday. He has written on many subjects, including the Titanic, Kathleen Ferrier, the Hatfield train crash and the three members of the IRA active-service unit who were killed on Gibraltar. He is the editor of The Granta Book of Reportage and The Granta Book of India, and the author of a collection of journalism, The Country Formerly Known as Great Britain. He is working, not very quickly, on a book about the River Clyde.

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The Stinky Ocean

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‘It was a peculiar, alopecic landscape of hummocks and gullies, with patches of grass growing on what looked like white earth, and rarely a soul to be seen.’

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Those Who Felt Differently

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‘Could grief for one woman have caused all this? We were told so.’

On the death of Diana.

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‘Travel writing of most kinds, not just the humorous, has the history of colonialism perched on its shoulder.’