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Lost in Transmission

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  152 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
'If Khurram is right and the soul can only travel at a camel's speed, then mine has a lot of catching up to do...'

Jonathan Harley knew that becoming the ABC's man in South Asia at the age of only twenty-eight was a dream job. But he'd just fallen in love and wasn't so sure he really wanted it. It took a weekend of soul searching to realise that this would be the experienc
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Published (first published July 4th 2005)
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Chris
Nov 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
Jonathan Harley's account of his posting to South East Asia in the tumultous years of 1998-2001 as a foreign correspondent for Australia's ABC is as honest, insightful and heart-warming as it is heart-wrenching. He was caught up in the India-Pakistan conflict, Kashmir, Nepal (the murders of the royal family) and Afghanistan, during and after the September 11 tragedy. He evaluates himself with great honesty and good deal of humour.
I'm looking forward now to reading "Holy Cow" by his wife Sarah.
Velvetink
The auto blurb that comes up with this book is incorrect. This is about Jonathan Harley of the ABC news, on location in Indian, Pakistan and Afganistan from around 1999 up till September 11 and the following war on Terror.
David
Oct 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Ignore the description of the book in GoodReads; Someone is obviously describing the wrong book.

From Amazon's author description:

"Jonathan Harley is a reporter and journalist with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. From 1998 to 2002, he was their New Delhi-based South Asia Correspondent during which time he covered military coups, cricket corruption scandals, earthquakes and a royal family massacre. He also reported from Taliban-ruled Afghanistan (he was in Kabul on 11 Sept 2001) and cover
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Nuzhat
Aug 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
I liked his insight into his life while he's 'preying' on others' vulnerability and exploiting it to sell air time. He tries to remain human and realizes before it's too late when he's at risk of loosing sight of his humanity. His telling of the background story of the stories while telling the stories was refreshing my memory of the events covered in the book. Maybe I would think Islamabad is boring and colorless without atmosphere if I could compare it to India, but then again, I don't spend a ...more
Ty Kendall
Jul 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Been a while since I read this but I do remember loving it.
It's still on my shelf so I might give it a re-read at some point.
Basically it's about the cultural and linguistic encounters of a journalist in India.
I will update this once I have re-read it and it's fresher in my mind.
Kelli
Jun 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic read. Jonathan writes with passion and honesty of his time as Asian corresponant for the ABC based in New Delhi. His time spent covered the 9/11 attacks and he spent much of his time in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Highly recommend this book.
Amanda
Apr 28, 2007 rated it really liked it
Read this one a couple of years ago but I'd read nit again. It gives an insight into the life of an ABC Asian foreign correspondent during some pretty major world events - it's written around 2000-2002. This guy this the husband of Sarah McDonald who wrote Holy Cow (another good book)
Sherry
Jan 07, 2008 rated it liked it
A good read about the adventures of Australian ABC news correspondent. Having just finished Holy Cow - I felt that 'Lost in Transmission' gave the missing parts of the story of two young Australians travelling through Asia.
Heather
Aug 18, 2008 rated it liked it
state of denial was getting stale, so I decided to give a boost of steroids to my bookstand.
Jenn
Jun 01, 2008 rated it liked it
An interesting memoir about a guy who travels all over India, etc. Surprising that he was even there during 9/11.
Irfan
Apr 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Very funny and honest.
Jane
Oct 24, 2007 added it
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My husband tracked down a copy for mother's day. Enjoyed it.
Lohita
Jan 23, 2008 rated it really liked it
Great anecdotes, interesting all the way.
Tracy
Apr 02, 2011 rated it liked it
I recommend as a great Indian travel adventure.

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Rebecca
Apr 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
You should also read Holy Cow by Sarah McDonald, Harley's now wife. Makes for an interesting contrast of two sides of lived experience.
Lefluf
Dec 03, 2010 rated it really liked it
Loved it.
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i am a big history fan. unfortunately the middle eastern history is not so interesting to me. partly because as a muslim, i always view them from an islamic p.o.v. but never really from the individual country itself. also partly because it's a region i hold close to heart - not that I've travelled nor lived there but if i may say this, apart of my own country's history, the islamic history is the second area of knowledge we studied since small. so i was less curious about it. less enthusiasted t ...more
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