Journalist Deborah Campbell is drawn to the places most of us avoid. We rely upon her unflinching, readable accounts of complicated political situations to inform us of what’s happening in the world without oversimplifying. But what makes her work extraordinary is the human connections she forms, introducing us to ordinary people caught up in conflicts that have turned their lives upside down.
With Disappearance in Damascus, her story takes a deeply personal turn when Ahlam, her interpreter and guide, is taken by state authorities right before Campbell’s eyes. What follows is a riveting blend of journalism, memoir and suspense, as we anxiously await the outcome of Campbell’s efforts to find her “fixer” and friend.
Winner of the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize, The Freedom to Read Award, and the Hubert Evans Prize, Campbell will deliver the 2018 Hutchison Lecture addressing the relationship between journalism and democracy.