Christina Lamb OBE is roving Foreign Affairs Correspondent for the Sunday Times. Britain’s leading female war correspondent, she has won numerous awards, starting with Young Journalist of the Year in the British Press Awards for her coverage of the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan in 1988, and has been named Foreign Correspondent of the Year five times for reporting on Pakistan, Afghanistan and Zimbabwe. Judges described her as “the ultimate foreign correspondent”.
She has won the Prix Bayeux, Europe’s most prestigious award for war correspondents, and was chosen by Britain’s top-selling women’s magazine Grazia as one of its Icons of the Decade.
In 2006 she narrowly escaped with her life from a Taliban ambush of British troops in Helmand and in October 2007 she was on Benazir Bhutto’s bus when it was bombed. Her perseverance and determination to get the story out has also seen her return repeatedly to Zimbabwe, making 15 undercover trips since the murder of the first white farmer in 2000. She remained secretly in the country even after being declared an “enemy of the state” by the Mugabe regime for her expose of rape camps of teenage girls.
Her books include Waiting for Allah: Pakistan’s struggle for democracy, The Africa House, The Sewing Circles of Herat, House of Stone, and Small Wars Permitting: Dispatches from Foreign Lands, a collection of her reportage. Most recently, Christina co-wrote Malala Yousafzai’s acclaimed autobiography, I Am Malala, which was nominated for the National Book Awards in 2013.