In Extremis: The Life and Death of the War Correspondent Marie Colvin
War correspondent Marie Colvin worked for The Sunday Times from 1985 until she died covering the siege of Homs in Syria in 2012. She became recognizable by a patch over her left eye, having lost the sight in it to a grenade fired by a government soldier in Sri Lanka in 2001; it became her trademark badge of bravery. When she wasn’t chasing a story in a war zone, she could be found back in London, mixing vodka martinis for a house full of actors, poets, and politicians as well as journalists. Now her friend and colleague of fourteen years, fellow reporter Lindsey Hilsum, examines the life of her revered friend who gave her life in service of recording what really happens in wars. Colvin was driven to extremes in both her personal and professional life. But was it bravery or recklessness? The biopic about Colvin’s life, A Private War with Rosamund Pike playing Colvin and Jamie Dornan, is out this month, so read the book first to grasp the full scope of her incredible life.