Kate Adie, author and broadcaster, became a familiar figure to viewers through her work as the BBC’s Chief News Correspondent, sending dispatches from danger zones around the world. Kate’s memorable assignments include both Gulf Wars, Tiananmen Square, four years of war in the Balkans, the Herald of Free Enterprise disaster at Zeebrugge, and the massacre at Dunblane. She is the long-serving presenter of Radio 4’s From Our Own Correspondent and has served as a judge on several literary prizes.
Kate has been named Reporter of the Year twice by the Royal Television Society and won the Monte Carlo International Golden Nymph Award in 1981 and 1990. She was awarded an OBE in 1993.
Her first book, The Kindness of Strangers, an account of her work as a reporter, remained on the Sunday Times best seller list for 37 weeks. Her illustrated history to the Imperial War Museum’s exhibition about women in uniform, Corsets to Camouflage, was published to coincide with its opening in the autumn of 2003. Nobody’s Child: The Lives of Abandoned Children (2005) formed the basis of the BBC 1 documentaries series, Found, and Into Danger (2008) is a study of men and women who risk their lives for work.
Published in September 2013, Fighting on the Home Front: The Legacy of Women in World War One is a history of the seismic social changes wrought by the women who took on essential roles on the home front while a generation young men were sent off to war.