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Watch – In conversation with John Simpson

04 April 2022

Georgina Godwin interviews John Simpson about his new book Our Friends in Beijing.

John Simpson

This was an exclusive live event for Saga customers, recorded in September 2021. Experience it again below.

Our Friends in Beijing

A thrillingly authentic novel about truth, power, politics and friendship, from one of our most revered and experienced foreign correspondents.

All novelists draw on their own experiences to some extent in their writing, but John Simpson goes much further. In Our Friends in Beijing, Simpson brings some of his own hair-raising experiences – that he was unable to include in his reporting for fear of getting those involved in danger with the authorities – to life in this wonderful fictional account of a political journalist’s fast paced escapades across China.

‘Simpson knows his stuff, obviously, and his plotting is strewn with expert analysis of international affairs and insider knowledge of journalistic practice.’

About John Simpson

John Simpson has been the BBC’s World Affairs Editor for more than half his fifty-two-year career. In his time with the BBC, he has reported on major events all over the world, and was made a CBE in the Gulf War honours list in 1991. He has twice been the Royal Television Society’s Journalist of the Year, and has won three BAFTAs, a News and Current Affairs award and an Emmy.

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