Veteran journalist John Simpson on his new novel and his own real-life adventures
With over 40 years' experience in international journalism John Simpson has dodged the bullets in Tiananmen Square, danced on top of the Berlin Wall, and was on hand for the revolutions in Czechoslovakia and Romania. He stood alongside Boris Yeltsin during the KGB coup which brought down the Soviet Union, and was the first Western journalist to penetrate the KGB headquarters in Moscow.
Now turning to fiction John's new book - Moscow, Midnight is a fast paced and revelatory thriller. Featuring Jon Swift, one of old stock of journos - cynical, cantankerous and overweight, the book opens with the discovery of the body of Jon's friend, a government minister. Something about his death doesn’t seem right not least because there are links to a string of Russian government figures who had met similarly 'accidental' fates.
When the police refuse to investigate further, Swift gets in touch with his contacts in Moscow, determined to find out if his hunch is correct. The truth comes at a price, and it may cost him everything.
In An Audience with John Simpson at the Perth Festival this weekend John will introduce the book as well as talking about some of the difficult and often dangerous situations he has faced as a reporter.
There will also be some of the more light-hearted and amusing tales from his own travels interwoven with stories of figures who went before him, such as Ernest Hemingway, Martha Gellhorn and Charles Wheeler
An Audience with John Simpson: Moscow. Midnight will be at th Perth festival on Saturday 25th May. More information at www.perthfestival.co.uk