If you are looking for the Russia beyond the political cliché then this is the book for you. An intimate and incisive account of a famous journalist's long-term relationship with the country, a relationship as complex and intense as any Russian novel'--Peter Pomerantsev, author of 'Nothing Is True and Everything is Possible'
If you want a good, enthralling memoir of the great, raging days of turmoil in Russia and the USSR, as witnessed and recorded by an honest man, this is the one to read' --Peter Hitchens "Mail on Sunday "
Moscow Calling is at least two books in one - a memoir if those first years in Moscow, and a wider-focused story about covering one of the twentieth century's biggest stories: the sudden decline and fall of the Soviet Union. The threading together of his Russian friendships and the times they've all lived through give the book its greatest strength'--David Robinson "Scottish Review of Books "
Nobody has a better ear for Russia than Angus Roxburgh - a joy to read, often very funny, often profoundly sad, and in both respects a good reflection of the Russian experience'--Justin Webb "Today programme (BBC) "
Roxburgh writes beautifully, with a lyricism and descriptive touch beyond ordinary reportage and that any serious novelist would be proud of. Those looking for the memoirs of a foreign correspondent will find them in this book. But what they will find too is an elegy to Russia, by someone deeply etched by its influence and its continuing presence in his life'--Herald "David Pratt "
These memoirs show us the understanding, empathy and the compassion that underpinned the knowledge and authority of Roxburgh's reporting. A gripping story, scintillatingly told. Essential reading for any young person thinking of a career in the media. It will have you laughing out loud in places, move you close to tears in others'--Scotsman
A personal and revealing perspective of Russia by the acclaimed former BBC and Sunday Times Moscow correspondent, who worked in Russia for over 30 years and who witnessed first-hand the darkest days of communism and the rise of Putin
In the course of the past forty-five years, Angus Roxburgh has translated Tolstoy, met three successive Russian presidents and been jinxed by a Siberian shaman. He has come under fire in war zones and been arrested by Chechen thugs. He was wooed by the KGB, who then decided he would make a lousy spy and expelled him from the country.
In Moscow Calling Roxburgh presents his Russia - not the Russia of news reports, but a quirky, crazy, exasperating, beautiful, tumultuous world that in forty years has changed completely, and yet not at all. From the dark, fearful days of communism and his adventures as a correspondent as the Soviet Union collapsed into chaos, to his frustrating work as a media consultant in Putin's Kremlin, this is a unique, fascinating and often hilarious insight into a country that today, more than ever, is of global political significance.