For Whom the Bell Tolls (eBook)

Light and Dark Verse

Martin Bell

Share this book

Martin Bell OBE has been many things – an icon of BBC war reporting, Britain’s first independent MP for 50 years, a UNICEF ambassador, and ‘the man in the white suit’ – a tireless campaigner for honesty and accountability in politics.But as For Whom the Bell Tolls reveals, he’s also a poet of light verse, and here Bell’s poems continue his war by other means on duplicitous politicians, our all-consuming media, the venality of celebrity culture and much more. The earliest poem here was written when Martin was 19; the most recent cover the riots of August 2011, the phone-hacking scandal and the ‘Arab spring’.Oscillating between trenchant satire and touching honesty with often poignant autobiography spiced with gentle humour, Bell presents poems on Tony Blair and Iraq, on Serbian war criminal Radovan Karadzic, on his hero, Reuters reporter Kurt Schork, and colourful episodes from his work and life, from the chart-topping calypso written about him in St Lucia to his being a guest at Idi Amin’s wedding:‘…that by God / Was well worth doing, if distinctly odd.’



Martin Bell OBE is one of the best-known and most highly regarded names in British television journalism. As a BBC reporter he has covered foreign assignments in more than 80 countries and eleven wars including Vietnam, Nigeria, Angola, Nicaragua, The Gulf and Bosnia, where millions watched as he was nearly killed by shrapnel. In 1997 Martin became the first Independent MP to be elected to Parliament since 1950. His previous books are In Harm’s Way (Penguin, 1995), An Accidental MP (Viking, 2000) and Through Gates of Fire (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2003)


You might also like…

War and Peace by Kate Agnew

‘My subject is War, and the pity of War’, wrote First World War poet Wilfred Owen, yet for Rupert Brooke war was a matter of pride, not pity. Sometimes war might even be a vehicle for humour. Whether it’s battle hymn or lament, silent rever… Read more »

More

30-Second Politics by Steven L. Taylor

You may be OK with standard stuff like Conservatism and Democracy, but do you really know what Patrimonialism is? And what about Oligarchy? Anarcho-syndicalism? Politics is, we are willing to bet, the most passionately argued-over subject m… Read more »

More

ABOUT THIS BOOK

about this book

ISBN: 9781848313217

Price: 7.99

Pages: 320

Publication date: 06/10/2011

Category:

buy this book

OTHER FORMATS AVAILABLE

Paperback
Hardback