We are delighted to welcome Christina Lamb to the 2017 Fairway Galle Literary Festival.

2017 Fairway Galle Literary Festival - Journalist and Author Christina Lamb.

Christina Lamb is a bestselling author and one of Britain’s leading foreign correspondents.

Christina started out in Peshawar where her dispatches with the Afghan Mujaheddin fighting the Russians saw her named ‘Young Journalist of the Year’ in the British Press Awards in 1988.

She has won Foreign Correspondent of the Year 5 times as well as the Prix Bayeux, Europe’s most prestigious award for war correspondents and was awarded an OBE by the Queen in 2013.

Christina won Amnesty International’s Newspaper Journalist of the Year award for reporting from inside Libyan detention centres.

Lamb describes her most harrowing reporting on the plight of Zimbabwe. Since 1994, she has described the devastation and destruction by Robert Mugabe and how it seems to be getting worse every time she returns.

She has written 7 books including the bestselling ‘I Am Malala’ with Malala Yousafzai, named Nonfiction Book of the Year in the British Book Awards; The Africa House; and Small Wars Permitting.

‘I Am Malala’ will make you believe in the power of one person’s voice to inspire change in the world and was awarded Non-Fiction Book of the Year, National Book Awards 2013.

I Am Malala by Christina Lamb

When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley, one girl fought for her right to an education. On Tuesday, 9 October 2012, she almost paid the ultimate price when she was shot in the head at point-blank range.

Malala Yousafzai’s extraordinary journey has taken her from a remote valley in northern Pakistan to the halls of the United Nations. She has become a global symbol of peaceful protest and is the youngest ever winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.

Malala’s miraculous recovery has taken her on an extraordinary journey from a remote valley in Northern Pakistan to the halls of the United Nations in New York. At age 16, she become a global symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest ever nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize.

I Am Malala‘ is the remarkable tale of a family uprooted by global terrorism, of the fight for girls’ education, and of Malala’s parents’ fierce love for their daughter in a society that prizes sons. It will make you believe in the power of one person’s voice to inspire change in the world.

“A riveting memoir… co-written with Christina Lamb, a veteran British journalist who has an evident passion for Pakistan and can render its complicated history with pristine clarity, this is a book that should be read not only for its vivid drama but for its urgent message about the untapped power of girls” – Washington Post

In this exclusive, unedited interview, “I Am Malala” author Malala Yousafzai remembers the Taliban’s rise to power in her Pakistani hometown. She describes the beauty of her homeland and the cruelty of the Taliban. Malala Yousafzai also offers suggestions for Americans looking to help out overseas and stresses the importance of education.

Her latest book is ‘Farewell Kabul: From Afghanistan to a More Dangerous World‘ (2015).

Farewell Kabul by Christina Lamb.

‘Farewell Kabul’ tells how the West turned success into defeat in the longest war fought by the United States in its history and by Britain since the Hundred Years War.

It is the story of well-intentioned men and women going into a place they did not understand at all. And how, what had once been the right thing to do had become a conflict that everyone wanted to exit. It has been a fiasco which has left Afghanistan still one of the poorest and most dangerous nations on earth.

This book asks just how the might of NATO, with 48 countries and 140,000 troops on the ground, failed to defeat a group of religious students and farmers? How did it go so wrong?

This deeply personal book not only shows the human cost of political failure but explains how short-sighted encouragement of jihadis to fight the Russians, followed by prosecution of ill-thought-out wars, has resulted in the spread of terrorism throughout the Islamic world.

“As a personal account of this sad, twisted story, Lamb’s book is unlikely to be surpassed; gracious and humane, she always gives a fair hearing, while her observation is always needle-sharp. It is one of the most rewarding and thought-provoking books by any journalist of my acquaintance” – Evening Standard.

Christina is married with one son, and is currently a roving Foreign Correspondent for the Sunday Times, her postings have included South Africa, Pakistan, Brazil and Washington and she has recently reported on the refugee crisis across Europe, and Boko Haram camps for women in Nigeria.

Christina Lamb at FGLF 2017

Don’t miss meeting Christina Lamb at the Fairway Galle Literary Festival 2017. Her events will be announced in November 2016 … Please click the FOLLOW button below to receive email updates as festival news and announcements are published.