Inside The Danger Zones: Travels to Arresting Places by Paul Moorcraft

  • November 02, 2010 11:49
  • Katy Scholes

Paul Moorcraft has been a freelance war correspondent for, among others, Time magazine, the BBC, Channel 4, Sky and Al-Jazeera.

Paul Moorcraft was a senior instructor at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, and the UK Joint Services Command and Staff College.

Paul Moorcraft has parachuted into countless war zones and worked at the heart of the British security establishment. Paul Moorcraft has, basically, done a million things that the entire team here at Biteback hasn’t.

Paul Moorcraft has also done far too many things to list, let alone fully explore in a two-hundred-word blog post, so he wrote a book.

On reading the story of Paul’s work during the major wars of the last three decades - which entertains as many moments of hilarity as it does tragedy - we can tell you that we’re not at all jealous. It could be the greatest understatement of the last three decades to say that the man has a habit of being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

From the siege of Sarajevo in the 1990s to the siege of the West Bank town of Jenin in 2002, the book reads like an extreme version of The World’s Most Terrible Holidays, giving accounts of Paul’s experiences in a series of conflicts from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, covering coups and counter-coups across the globe.

Inside The Danger Zones: Travels to Arresting Places also tells of his encounters with some of the most dangerous people in the world; bin Laden’s Mujahedin fighters, Mugabe in the Rhodesian Bush War and Saddam Hussein on the eve of the 2003 allied invasion of Iraq.

‘I am amazed he’s still alive.’ – Sir John Keegan, Daily Telegraph

Tell us about it, John. Clearly though, he doesn’t seem to mind, or else this is a series of very unfortunate coincidences that would put anyone off going on holiday for life.

Get your copy of Paul Moorcraft's Inside The Danger Zones here, priced £9.99


Drum Roll Please...

  • November 01, 2010 17:31
  • Katy Scholes

For the past couple of months we've been running a competition for three lucky people to win two top-price tickets to the Yes Prime Minister stage show. That day has arrived!

ADAM GRAY whose favourite Yes Minister quote is:

"We don't measure our success by results but by activity."
Sir Humphrey, The Compassionate Society

ALISON BERRIDGE whose favourite Yes Minister quote is:

“The public doesn't know anything about wasting government money, we're the experts”
Sir Humphrey, The Economy Drive

JUDITH KAPLAN whose favourite Yes Minister quote is:

"A good political speech is not one in which you can prove that the man is telling the truth; it is one where no one else can prove he is lying."
A Question of Loyalty

Congratulations ladies and gent! I'll be in touch shortly about getting your tickets sent to you.

And thanks so much to everyone who emailed me their favourite YPM quotes - I must say they kept me occupied over the last few months and neatly distracted from, you know, actual work.

Now for another competition idea...


What has Dominic Sandbrook ever done for us? Oh wait... cheers Dom!

  • November 01, 2010 12:54
  • Katy Scholes

Dominic Sandbrook an authority figure on all things historical has reviewed Francis Beckett's What Did the Baby Boomer's Ever Do For Us? in this month's BBC History Magazine.

Dominic, author of State of Emergency: The Way We Were: Britain 1970-1974 said of Francis's book:

"Grey-haired hippies will read this book and shudder; the rest of us, though, will read it for the splendid stories and shafts of insight."

Click here to read more of Dominic's insights into the book and his favourite anecdote concerning Marianne Faithfull's, *ahem*, p*ssy.

Get your copy of What Did the Baby Boomer's Ever Do For Us here, for £12.99.


EEP! Last chance to enter our splendiferous caption competition

  • October 29, 2010 14:55
  • Katy Scholes

We love our Yes Minister here at Biteback and today is no exception. This weekend it's your last chance to enter our caption competition. As proud publishers of both the hardback and paperback editions of the Yes Minister Miscellany we'll miss berating you all to enter our competition.

So click on the banner at the top of the page now and send us your favourite Yes Minister quote to win two tickets to the Yes Prime Minister stage show.

I'll post the names of the winners on the website on Monday after the draw.

Do it now! If not for you, then do it for me - I'll enjoy that on Monday morning.


"If you want anything said, ask a man. If you want anything done, ask a woman."

  • October 28, 2010 15:52
  • Katy Scholes

Big Cheese made a guest appearance in Stylist magazine this week.

Er, not in the beauty section I hasten to add, nor in the fashion section for that matter. That's not to say I don't think he's an icon of the ages - in fact I may even have to invest in one of these beauties myself.

No. He appeared instead in his capacity as editor of Margaret Thatcher In Her Own Words.

In Her Own Words is a collection of Margaret Thatcher's greatest and most famous speeches and interviews as well as biographical material.

Iain has written and edited a number of excellent books about Margaret Thatcher in the past and needless-to-say his latest effort promises to live up to expectations. Not only is he an authoritative voice on all things Maggie T but it appears he's also the bearer of some of the sweetest stories:

“In 1988 my 4-year-old niece turned to me and asked ‘Uncle Iain, is it possible for a man to be prime minister?'”

The article featured in Stylist by Kate Graham focusses on a recurring theme - what did Margaret Thatcher do for women? - and as Kate rightly points out; Iain's niece pretty much sums it up.

Margaret Thatcher In Her Own Words is published on the 11th November and is available now to pre-order here in paperback format, priced £12.99 and here as a 3 disc audio CD, priced £19.99.