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The stringer’s spouse

Memoirs by foreign correspondents are ten a penny. But what about their husbands and wives?

By Edward Lucas   July 2007

Are we there Yet? Travels with my Frontline Family by Rosie Whitehouse (Published by, £8.99)

Foreign correspondents write two kinds of books. There are sententious ones about the earth-shaking events that they have “witnessed” or “covered” (never merely “seen”). And, occasionally, there are amusing ones about the dark secrets of their trade. “Anyone Here Been Raped and Speaks English?” by the recently deceased Edward Behr was the best of the latter.

Rosie Whitehouse’s chronicle of her family’s Balkan odyssey in the 1990s adds a new category to the genre: the tales of a foreign correspondent’s spouse. In a different…

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