Aidan Hartley

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Aidan Hartley (born 1965) is a writer and entrepreneur.

Born in Nairobi, Kenya in 1965, he attended Sherborne School, in Dorset, England. He studied English at Balliol College, Oxford University and went on to the School of Oriental and African Studies, (SOAS) to study African politics and history.

As a foreign correspondent for the Reuters news agency, Hartley covered Africa in the 1990s - wars in Somalia, famine in Ethiopia and genocide in Rwanda. He is the author of The Zanzibar Chest: A Story of Life, Love, and Death in Foreign Lands, which was short-listed for the Samuel Johnson Prize. He made nearly thirty documentaries for the Channel 4 Television award-winning current affairs series Unreported World and "Dispatches". In 2013 he retired from mainstream journalism to focus on private business affairs and book writing.

He guest writes for the "Wild Life" column of The Spectator.[1]

Hartley serves as an adviser in the U.K.-based, oil-exploration company Soma Oil and Gas Holdings Ltd., which is chaired by Baron Howard and active in Somalia, and in which Hartley is a minority shareholder.[2]


  • (2003) The Zanzibar Chest: A Memoir of Love and War, Harper Collins, ISBN 0-00-257059-9


  1. ^ "Channel 4 - News - China's Olympic Lie". Channel 4. Archived from the original on 17 January 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-04. 
  2. ^ Soma Oil & Gas list of shareholders (Accessed 20/2/2016)

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