Martin Bell will be appearing at Otley Courthouse to discuss his new book, War and the Death of News. Martin Bell has experienced every aspect of foreign affairs. as one of television’s most famous war correspondents, reporting from Vietnam, Angola, the Gulf (1991), Croatia and Bosnia.

In 1997 he became the first elected Independent MP in nearly 50 years when he beat Conservative MP Neil Hamilton.  On leaving the House of Commons in 2001 Martin was appointed by UNICEF UK as Goodwill Ambassador, focusing on the plight of children affected by conflict and natural disaster in areas such as Tajikistan, & Malawi.

Now Martin brings a lifetime of experiences together in a new book, War and The Death of News. Here Martin provides a moving, personal account of war — its futility and its failures — and an impassioned take on what we’ve lost in twenty-first century reporting.  Expect a fascinating evening where not only will Martin be talking about his experiences but inviting the audience to ask questions so expect some lively debate!

Waterstones will be providing a bookstall at this event where Martin will sign and dedicate copies of his new book.