Storyteller by Zoe Daniel: A Foreign Correspondent’s Memoir Like No Other

by |March 5, 2014

“Only a few weeks ago I was a stay-at-home mum. What am I doing? But there’s no time for reconsideration now. My brain snaps into action and so does my mouth. “Flak jackets, helmets, gas masks – everyone, now!”

Zoe Daniel is the ABC’s South-East Asia correspondent, based in Bangkok with her husband and young family. She reports on nine countries across Southeast Asia filing copy and stories for TV, radio, online and social media.

She was the Africa correspondent from 2005 until 2007 and spent 2009 covering the Khmer Rouge war crimes trials from Phnom Penh in Cambodia.

Zoe’s frank and brave memoir, Storyteller, deals with the effects of her work (with its stresses and its constant travel) on her marriage, with the physical and psychological effects of a dangerous, confronting job, and the difficulty of slipping back into her ‘regular’ life after witnessing deeply disturbing events.

This is also the story of a mum and the universal juggle of career and family, as much as it is a foreign correspondent’s memoir.

About the Author

Zoe Daniel is one of only a few mothers to be appointed as an ABC correspondent; her memoir documents how she has managed to work as a correspondent, settle her family into a new country, and be a mother to her two children – as well as providing a fascinating insight into the politics and history of South East Asia.

Grab a copy of Zoe Daniel’s Storyteller here

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Andrew Cattanach is a regular contributor to The Booktopia Blog. He has been shortlisted for The Age Short Story Prize and was named a finalist for the 2015 Young Bookseller of the Year Award. He enjoys reading, writing and sleeping, though finds it difficult to do them all at once.

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