Despatches from the frontline from the award-winning war correspondent Anthony Loyd
Critically acclaimed writer and award-winning foreign correspondent, Anthony Loyd is also an ex-heroin addict. ANOTHER BLOODY LOVE LETTER exposes the thrilling and brutal reality of life as a war journalist - from the climax of war in Kosovo to tracking ambush commanders in Sierra Leone, confronting the danger and confusion of northern Afghanistan at the start of the 'war on terror', and the harsh realities of life in Iraq during the second Gulf War. But it is also the very human story of a man fighting to beat a heroin addiction and coming to terms with the death of a friend and colleague murdered by the RUF in Sierra Leone, and the death of his mother from a terminal illness at home.
ANOTHER BLOODY LOVE LETTER takes the reader into the mind of a man who has chased war and death for more than half his life, and must now find clarity. It is a moving and powerful memoir of love and friendship, betrayal and loss, war and faith.
'Anthony Loyd is something special... It's rare to find a man of action who is so naturally fluent with the pen. I'm tempted to invoke Hemingway but I think that might be doing Loyd a disservice' - Mail on Sunday
'Devastating honesty... Loyd shows himself to be the best guide through today's wars working in the English language' - Daily Telegraph
'Two things set Anthony Loyd apart from your average, war-weary combat-zone junkie: a luminous prose style that sometimes borders on the visionary, and a fiercely principled integrity' - Daily Mail
'A great big bloody bong of horror, chaos, gallows humour, loss, boredom and self-loathing, followed by slack-jawed self-medication... If this is just another vicarious hit of a war correspondent's memories, well, it's seriously good shit, man' - Independent on Sunday
Anthony Loyd is an award-winning special correspondent for THE TIMES. A former army officer, he served in Northern Ireland and the first Gulf war, then left the army in 1991. At the start of 1993 he hitchhiked to Bosnia, living there throughout the war until 1996. His critically acclaimed book, MY WAR GONE BY, I MISS IT SO, was the result of his experiences there and parallel battles with heroin addiction. He has subsequently worked in numerous conflict zones including Iraq, Afghanistan, Kosovo, Chechnya, Ethiopia, Algeria and Sierre Leone. In addition to THE TIMES, his stories have been published in the NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE, ESQUIRE, GQ, ARENA, the SUNDAY TIMES and the SUNDAY TELEGRAPH. Twice commended for his work in the British Press Awards, he was also nominated Foreign Freelancer of the Year in 1994 for his coverage in Bosnia. In 2001 he was voted Foreign Correspondent of the Year for his work in Afghanistan post-September 11th.