The Curse Of The Al Dulaimi Hotel
And Other Half-Truths From Baghdad
– Colin Freeman
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Published 31st July, 2008 – Paperback
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COLIN FREEMAN is a burnt-out newspaper hack, wasting his life hanging around outside the houses of minor celebrities. His job is soul-destroyingly pointless and his personal life isn't much better. His girlfriend wants commitment he can't give and the future looks bleak. So he jacks it all in and goes to Iraq – as Britain's most amateur war correspondent. Shacked up in a filthy $5 a night hotel, he finds a city – and a country – in turmoil. Half the people he meets are mad, drunk or fanatical (and armed to the teeth) and the other half are trying to rebuild their lives after George Bush's invasion. Against the odds, Freeman finds his feet as a reporter and reveals a slice of Iraq unlike any other (and gets shot in the backside for his troubles).
The Curse of the Al Dulaimi Hotel – half of the inhabitants are kidnapped or, like Freeman, shot – is a hilarious and insightful travelogue from the edges of modern journalism.
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