Forty years on the front line, Hugh Riminton brings us Minefields

by |September 26, 2017

“Most people have fear in these things but you do it because something else is a higher motivator.” – Hugh Riminton

Hugh Riminton was a small-town teenager with a drinking problem, cleaning rat cages for a living, when a chance meeting with a radio news director changed his life. Over 40 years later, Hugh has been shot at, blown up, thrown in jail, lost friends to war, bought and freed slaves, and brought the truth to the world, no matter the risk.

Journalist, foreign correspondent and television news presenter, Hugh is currently a senior reporter of Ten Eyewitness News. Now his memoir, Minefields, has hit the shelves. From those days as a troublesome teenager, to the respected man he is today, Minefields tells his story as a newsman on the front line. Hugh says not to worry, though. There are still plenty of laughs to be had, despite the heavy topics he covers.

Listen to our interview with Hugh!

Minefieldsby Hugh Riminton

Minefields

A Life in the News Game

by Hugh Riminton

Hugh Riminton was a small-town teenager with a drinking problem, cleaning rat cages for a living, when a chance meeting with a radio news director changed his life. The newsman, mistaking Riminton for a job applicant, hired him. At 17, he became an accidental journalist.

Over nearly 40 years, he has been shot at, blown up and thrown in jail; he has bought slaves and freed them, he has lost friends to war, and gained hard-won insights into what really matters in the end. Despite the subject matter, there are plenty of laughs. Riminton has a fine eye for the absurd and is gentle on both the heroes and the villains who cross his path. Minefields is Hugh’s account of four decades...

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Bronwyn Eley is new to the book industry, having previously served in the Royal Australian Air Force & even spent some time as a barista until entering the exciting world of Booktopia. Books are her true passion. Bronwyn writes in her spare time, often has her face buried in a book and enjoys keeping fit (which she undoes by eating loads of chocolate) with Martial Arts and personal training. She can't answer what her favourite book is but she has a soft spot for The Host (Stephanie Meyer), Peter Pan (J.M Barrie) & Outlander (Diana Gabaldon). Fantasy, sci-fi and YA make up the majority of her bookshelves.

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  • October 12, 2017 at 11:58 am

    Just listening to your interesting stories. Its so interesting, quite scary too. I want to say I was born in Ceylon (Sri Lanka) and I’m a Burghur. Have lived in Australia for over 50 years. I will read your book. But jusy listenibg to you has been very interesting. Thankyou for saying somethibg about the terrible tsanami that happened. Ceylon as you know is this beautiful green place you and I grew up in. Such a pity about that terrible war that spoilt so much. .

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