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The Road Taken by Michael Buerk
  

The Road Taken

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The story of the man, the journalist, foreign correspondent and broadcaster and although his private life is revealed, it is his work that obviously dominates this 464 page book. He reported from 53 countries, won numerous awards and shines through these pages as a very decent person living an extraordinary life.

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The Road Taken by Michael Buerk

'Dawn, and as the sun breaks through the piercing chill of night on the plain outside Korem it lights up a biblical famine, now, in the Twentieth Century.'Those words opened Michael Buerk's first report on the Ethiopian famine for the 6 o'clock news on October 24th 1984. His reports sent shock waves round the world. Hundreds of millions of pounds were raised and millions of lives were saved. The Live Aid concert, a direct consequence of Bob Geldof watching that broadcast, was watched by half the planet.

Michael Buerk has reported on some of the biggest stories in our lifetime: the Flixborough chemical plant fire, the Birmingham pub bombing, Lockerbie. He was in Buenos Aires at the start of the Falklands War; he reported the death throes of apartheid in South Africa.

He has been the face of the BBC flagship evening news for many years and has fronted everything from the popular BBC1 series 999 to the erudite Radio 4 programme The Moral Maze.

He has won every major award and is universally admired and respected for his intelligent and honest journalism.

He is also loved by his colleagues, not least for his wicked sense of humour. His accounts of his first live radio report as a young reporter competing with the town drunk and his producer's solution to the problem of an uncontrollable panel on the Moral Maze are a joy to read.

He also reveals the private Michael Buerk, his bigamist father, his long and happy marriage to Christine, his delight at fatherhood.


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'An exceedingly good book'
Michael Parkinson

'Michael Buerk is one of the most famous of the BBC television presenters and reporters. He emerges from the pages of his autobiography as a decent and likable man... Amusing and touching... A most entertaining read'


* Sunday Telegraph * 'For Buerk, the point of television reporting is to get hold of a story and then tell it well . He is a master of the art. In The Road Taken he applies the same skills to his own tale


* Daily Telegraph *


About the Author

Michael Buerk
Born in Solihull in 1946, Michael Buerk began his journalistic career at the Bromsgrove Weekly Messenger. Now as the presenter of The Moral Maze as well as The Choice, he is one of the leading figures at the BBC. He lives in Guildford with his wife and has twin boys who both work as journalists.

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Book Info

Publication date

7th July 2005

Author

Michael Buerk

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Publisher

Arrow Books Ltd

Format

Paperback
480 pages

Categories

Biography / Autobiography
The Real World
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Press & journalism
Autobiography: business & industry

ISBN

9780099461371

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