Christina Lamb

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Christina Lamb
Christina Lamb.jpg
Born (1965-05-15) 15 May 1965 (age 54)
London, United Kingdom
OccupationJournalist, author
EducationUniversity College, Oxford
SpousePaulo Anunciação

Christina Lamb OBE (born 15 May 1965) is a British journalist and author. She is the chief foreign correspondent for The Sunday Times.

Lamb has won fourteen major awards including four British Press Awards and the European Prix Bayeux-Calvados for war correspondents,.[1] She is an Honorary Fellow of University College, Oxford, a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a Global Fellow for the Wilson Centre for International Affairs in Washington D.C.[2] In 2013 she was awarded an OBE by the Queen for services to journalism.[3] In November 2018 Lamb received an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws from the University of Dundee.[4][5]

She has written eight books including the bestselling The Africa House and I Am Malala, co-written with Malala Yousafzai, which was named Popular Non-Fiction Book of the Year in the British National Book Awards 2013.[6][7][8]

Life and work[edit]

Lamb was educated at Nonsuch High School for Girls, Cheam and at University College, Oxford (BA in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics). She first made her name when she was awarded Young Journalist of the Year for her coverage of the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan in 1988.[9] Shortly after graduating from Oxford, she travelled with the Mujahidin fighting the Soviet occupation, spending the next two years living in Peshawar. She has been reporting on Pakistan and Afghanistan for almost three decades.[10][11]

Lamb has been based in Islamabad and Rio de Janeiro for the Financial Times and Johannesburg and Washington D.C. for The Sunday Times.[9] She has covered wars from Iraq to Libya, Angola to Syria;[12] repression from Eritrea to Zimbabwe; and journeyed to the far reaches of the Amazon to visit remote tribes.[13][14] She pays particular attention to issues such as the girls abducted by Boko Haram in Nigeria,[15] Yazidi sex slaves in Iraq,[16] and the plight of Afghan women.[9][17]

In November 2001, she was deported from Pakistan after uncovering evidence of a covert operation by rogue elements in the ISI, Pakistan's military intelligence service, to smuggle arms to the Taliban.[18] In 2006, she narrowly escaped with her life when caught in a Taliban ambush of British troops in Helmand.[19][20] She was on Benazir Bhutto's bus when it was blown up in October 2007.[21][22][23]

I Am Malala has been translated into 40 languages, and has sold close to two million copies worldwide.[24] Her latest book Nujeen: One Girl's Incredible Journey from War-torn Syria in a Wheelchair co-written with Nujeen Mustafa was published by William Collins (London) in September 2016 and was translated in nine languages.[25]

Lamb's first play Drones, Baby, Drones with Ron Hutchison was performed at London's Arcola Theatre in 2016.[26][27][28]

Lamb is a member of the international board of the Institute for War & Peace Reporting (IWPR)[29] and is a Patron of the UK-registered charity Afghan Connection.[30]

In 2009, Lamb's portrait was on display in the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford.[31][32] A photograph of her by Francesco Guidicini is in the Photographs Collection of the National Portrait Gallery.[33] She inspired the character Esther in the novel The Zahir (2005) written by Paulo Coelho.[34][35][36]

In 2017, she was the first female former undergraduate of University College, Oxford to be elected an Honorary Fellow. The Fellowship was awarded in recognition of "her courageous, vivid and critically important journalism, as well as for her support of the College".[37]

Malala Yousafzai and Christina Lamb pictured in Edgbaston, UK, July 2013 while working on their book I Am Malala


  • Waiting for Allah: Pakistan's Struggle for Democracy (London: Hamish Hamilton, 1991)
  • The Africa House: The True Story of an English Gentleman and His African Dream (London: Viking, 1999)
  • The Sewing Circles of Herat: My Afghan years (London: HarperCollins, 2002)
  • House of Stone: The True Story of a Family Divided in War-Torn Zimbabwe (London: HarperPress, 2007)
  • Small Wars Permitting: Dispatches from Foreign Lands (London: HarperPress, 2008)
  • I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and was Shot by the Taliban co-written with Malala Yousafzai (New York: Little Brown, 2013)
  • Farewell Kabul: From Afghanistan to a More Dangerous World (London: William Collins, 2015)
  • Nujeen: One Girl's Incredible Journey from War-torn Syria in a Wheelchair co-written with Nujeen Mustafa (London: William Collins, 2016)


Journalism awards[edit]


  • 2017 Women on the Move Awards, The Sue Lloyd-Roberts Media Award[44]

Book awards[edit]

Other awards[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Prix Bayeux-Calvados, les reportages lauréats de 2009". Prix Bayeux-Calvados des correspondants de guerre. October 2009. Retrieved 15 March 2017.
  2. ^ "Asia Program Welcomes Global Fellow Christina Lamb". Wilson Center. 12 November 2013. Retrieved 13 March 2017.
  3. ^ "Our war reporter Christina Lamb is made an OBE". The Sunday Times. 30 December 2012. Retrieved 13 March 2017.
  4. ^ "Winter Graduation to mark student success". University of Dundee. 12 November 2018. Retrieved 19 November 2018.
  5. ^ "PICTURES: More than 1,000 Dundee students awarded degrees in graduation ceremony". Evening Telegraph (Dundee). 20 November 2018. Retrieved 20 November 2018.
  6. ^ a b "Malala Yousafzai wins at Specsavers National Book Awards". The Telegraph. 11 December 2013. Retrieved 9 March 2017.
  7. ^ "My year with Malala". The Sunday Times. 13 October 2013. Retrieved 13 March 2017.
  8. ^ "Christina Lamb on Malala Yousafzai". Delayed Gratification 12. 2013. Retrieved 13 March 2017.
  9. ^ a b c "Who We Are: Top Talent, Christina Lamb". News UK. Retrieved 13 March 2017.
  10. ^ "Ilene Prusher reviews 'Farewell Kabul,' by Christina Lamb". The New York Times. 27 May 2016. Retrieved 13 March 2017.
  11. ^ "In 'Bringing The World To Britain', Christina Lamb OBE Reflects On A Life's Work In The World's Most Dangerous Spots". The Huffington Post. 7 August 2014. Retrieved 13 March 2017.
  12. ^ "Why I go to war, by Sunday Times journalist Christina Lamb". The Guardian. 30 July 2014. Retrieved 13 March 2017.
  13. ^ "The Life and Times of a Female Foreign Correspondent". Nieman Reports. 10 October 2008. Retrieved 13 March 2017.
  14. ^ "Meet author and foreign correspondent Christina Lamb". Battlezine. 1 June 2015. Retrieved 13 March 2017.
  15. ^ "A fight for the soul of the world". The Sunday Times. 20 March 2016. Retrieved 13 March 2017.
  16. ^ ""They have suffered something so terrible, their eyes will always haunt you"". The Sunday Times. 23 October 2016. Retrieved 13 March 2017.
  17. ^ "'Sad indictment' on newspapers: Christina Lamb on 29 years without a female editor". Campaign. 7 June 2016. Retrieved 13 March 2017.
  18. ^ "Pakistan expels our foreign correspondent". The Telegraph. 11 November 2001. Retrieved 13 March 2017.
  19. ^ "Have you ever used a pistol?". The Sunday Times. 2 July 2006. Retrieved 13 March 2017.
  20. ^ "A Dangerous Yet Still Necessary Assignment". Nieman Reports. 15 March 2007. Retrieved 13 March 2017.
  21. ^ "Is it selfish to be a mum on the frontline? Her son's first words were 'bye, bye' and he saw her blown up on TV, but this woman war reporter has no regrets". Daily Mail. 2 September 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2017.
  22. ^ "Woman at war". New Zealand Listener. 12 November 2015. Retrieved 13 March 2017.
  23. ^ "Working Mom in a War Zone". Dart Center for Journalism & Trauma. 5 October 2009. Retrieved 15 March 2017.
  24. ^ "Four Questions with Malala Yousafzai". Publishers Weekly. 12 October 2017. Retrieved 20 November 2017.
  25. ^ "Nujeen Mustafa's Journey from Syria to Literary Stage". Publishing Perspectives. 21 October 2016. Retrieved 26 April 2017.
  26. ^ "Drones, Baby, Drones review – Chilling choices of the remote-control killers". The Guardian. 10 November 2016. Retrieved 12 March 2017.
  27. ^ "Drones, Baby, Drones review – Two plays consider the increasing military use of unmanned aerial vehicles". Financial Times. 9 November 2016. Retrieved 13 March 2017.
  28. ^ "Drones, Baby, Drones review – A double bill probing the ethics of remote-control conflict evokes a passionate sense of our connection to one another as human beings". The Times. 10 November 2016. Retrieved 13 March 2017.
  29. ^ "IWPR International Board". Institute for War and Peace Reporting. 2017. Retrieved 23 March 2017.
  30. ^ "The Patrons (UK) of Afghan Connection". Afghan Connection. Retrieved 13 March 2017.
  31. ^ "Feast for eyes at Ashmolean". The Oxford Times. 4 June 2009. Retrieved 13 March 2017.
  32. ^ "My Ashmolean, My Museum". Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. 2009. Retrieved 13 March 2017.
  33. ^ "Artist Francesco Guidicini's portraits collection at the NPG". National Portrait Gallery. June 2008. Retrieved 12 March 2017.
  34. ^ "A Esther de carne e osso". Correio da Manhã. 17 April 2005. Retrieved 13 March 2017.
  35. ^ "Coelho turns foreign correspondent's facts into fiction". The Guardian. 18 April 2005. Retrieved 13 March 2017.
  36. ^ "He stole my soul". Paulo Coelho Writer Official Site. 11 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2017.
  37. ^ "Honourable Mentions". University College. 26 June 2017. Retrieved 27 June 2017.
  38. ^ "Press Awards Winners 1980-1989". Society of Editors. Retrieved 13 March 2017.
  39. ^ "Distant voices: the Amnesty media awards for human rights journalism". Amnesty International UK. 27 November 2015. Retrieved 25 May 2017.
  40. ^ a b "Press Awards Winners 2000-2008". Society of Editors. Retrieved 13 March 2017.
  41. ^ "Media Awards 2016". Amnesty International. 1 May 2016. Retrieved 13 March 2017.
  42. ^ "Foreign Press Association Media Awards 2016". Foreign Press Association. 30 November 2016. Retrieved 13 March 2017.
  43. ^ "Six awards won across three ceremonies last night". News UK. November 2016. Retrieved 13 March 2017.
  44. ^ "City at the Women on the Move Awards 2017". City University of London. 15 March 2017. Retrieved 26 April 2017.
  45. ^ "Discover Great New Writers Award Finalists". Barnes & Noble. Retrieved 9 March 2017.
  46. ^ "Results for Best Memoir & Autobiography". Goodreads. Retrieved 10 March 2017.
  47. ^ "Shortlist announced for the Paddy Power Political Book Awards 2014". Politicos. 11 February 2014. Retrieved 10 March 2017.
  48. ^ "My Nieman year". The Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University. 27 September 2013. Retrieved 13 March 2017.
  49. ^ "Christina Lamb". Dart Center for Journalism & Trauma, a project of Columbia Journalism School. 2008. Retrieved 15 March 2017.
  50. ^ "Christina Lamb". HarperCollins Publishers. 2015. Retrieved 28 April 2017.
  51. ^ "Christina Lamb - Women, A World of Inspiration". ASHA Foundation. 2006. Archived from the original on 18 August 2006. Retrieved 27 April 2017.
  52. ^ "Introducing the Bazaar 150 Visionary Women list". Harpers Bazaar. 2017. Retrieved 15 December 2017.

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