For Whom the Bell Tolls (Paperback)
Light and Dark Verse
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Martin Bell OBE has been many things – an icon of BBC war reporting, Britain’s first independent MP for 50 years, a UNICEF ambassador, and ‘the man in the white suit’ – a tireless campaigner for honesty and accountability in politics.
But as For Whom the Bell Tolls reveals, he’s also a poet of light verse, and here Bell’s poems continue his war by other means on duplicitous politicians, our all-consuming media, the venality of celebrity culture and much more.
Bell presents poems on Tony Blair and Iraq, on Serbian war criminal Radovan Karadzic, on his hero, Reuters reporter Kurt Schork, and colourful episodes from his work and life, from being starstruck by Angelina Jolie, to a mordant epitaph on Margaret Thatcher, to his being a guest at Idi Amin’s wedding:
‘… that by God / Was well worth doing, if distinctly odd.’
Martin Bell OBE is one of the best-known and most highly regarded names in British television journalism. In 1997 Martin became the first Independent MP to be elected to Parliament since 1950. His most recent book was A Very British Revolution (Icon, 2009)