Martha Gellhorn was a fearless reporter and her dispatches from the front made her a legend, yet her private life was often messy and volcanic. Her determination to be a war correspondent – and her conspicuous success – contributed to the breakdown of her already stormy marriage to Ernest Hemingway.
Gellhorn’s journalism tracks many of the flashpoints of the twentieth century; as a young woman she witnessed the suffering of the American Depression and risked her life in the Spanish Civil War, while producing some of her finest writing. All her life, Martha’s battles were fought against injustice, and she always captured the human story.
“Gellhorn is a superb subject for biography. Caroline Moorehead has seized the opportunity with an élan that her subject would have admired. The result is an adventure story which, true to the genre, has moments of both triumph and tragedy.”
—Independent on Sunday
“As one would expect from a writer of Caroline Moorehead’s diligence and acuity, this is an extremely thorough, colourful and pacy biography.”
Caroline Moorehead is the biographer of Bertrand Russell, Freya Stark and Iris Origo, and has published a history of the International Committee of the Red Cross. She lives in London and is currently writing a book about refugees, entitled Human Cargo.
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