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Author: Christina Lamb Narrator: Antonia Beamish Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Audio Length: Release Date: September 2020 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781797102566

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From Christina Lamb, the coauthor of the bestselling I Am Malala and an award-winning journalist—an essential, groundbreaking examination of how women experience war.

In Our Bodies, Their Battlefields, longtime intrepid war correspondent Christina Lamb makes us witness to the lives of women in wartime. An award-winning war correspondent for twenty-five years (she’s never had a female editor) Lamb reports two wars—the “bang-bang” war and the story of how the people behind the lines live and survive. At the same time, since men usually act as the fighters, women are rarely interviewed about their experience of wartime, other than as grieving widows and mothers, though their experience is markedly different from that of the men involved in battle.

Lamb chronicles extraordinary tragedy and challenges in the lives of women in wartime. And none is more devastating than the increase of the use of rape as a weapon of war. Visiting warzones including the Congo, Rwanda, Nigeria, Bosnia, and Iraq, and spending time with the Rohingya fleeing Myanmar, she records the harrowing stories of survivors, from Yazidi girls kept as sex slaves by ISIS fighters and the beekeeper risking his life to rescue them; to the thousands of schoolgirls abducted across northern Nigeria by Boko Haram, to the Congolese gynecologist who stitches up more rape victims than anyone on earth. Told as a journey, and structured by country, Our Bodies, Their Battlefields gives these women voice.

We have made significant progress in international women’s rights, but across the world women are victimized by wartime atrocities that are rarely recorded, much less punished. The first ever prosecution for war rape was in 1997 and there have been remarkably few convictions since, as if rape doesn’t matter in the reckoning of war, only killing. Some courageous women in countries around the world are taking things in their own hands, hunting down the war criminals themselves, trying to trap them through Facebook.

In this profoundly important book, Christina Lamb shines a light on some of the darkest parts of the human experience—so that we might find a new way forward. Our Bodies, Their Battlefields is as inspiring and empowering is as it is urgent, a clarion call for necessary change.

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Quotes

  • “Hard, but extremely worthwhile listening about how rape has been used as a weapon of war. Lamb’s emotive reading of her own introduction sits alongside Beamish’s clear and sharp voice.”

    - The Guardian (audio review)
  • “Superb… A searing, absolutely necessary exposé of the uses of rape in recent wars and of global injustices to the survivors.”

    - Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
  • “Quite literally the most powerful and disturbing book that I have ever read.”

    - Antony Beevor, internationally bestselling author
  • “A wake-up call to the magnitude and horrors of rape in war—the world’s most neglected war crime. These women’s stories will make you weep and then rage at the world’s indifference.”

    - Amal Clooney, international human-rights lawyer

Awards

  • A Kirkus Reviews Pick of the Month

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About the Author

Christina Lamb is an author and one of Britain’s leading foreign correspondents. She wrote The Sewing Circles of Herat and The Africa House, among others, and was the coauthor with Malala Yousafzai of the New York Times bestseller I Am Malala. As a journalist, she has reported from most of the world’s hotspots. She has won fourteen major awards, including Europe’s top war reporting prize, the Prix Bayeux, and was named Foreign Correspondent of the Year five times and was named by Harper’s Bazaar as one of Britain’s 150 Most Visionary Women. She was made a member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth in 2013 and is an honorary fellow of University College, Oxford.

About the Narrator

Antonia Beamish is a voice-over artist and AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator. She is also a professional actress best known for performances in films such as The Last Horror Movie, Dead Creatures, and Chemical Wedding.