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The news man took a chance on him, and at 17 Riminton became a cadet reporter.
On the strength of a two-line job ad in a Perth newspaper, he escaped to Australia.
It was the time of Hawkie, Bondy and $40,000 houses.
Within three years of getting his start in television, he scored one of the most prestigious and sought after jobs in Australian journalism - the role of London-based correspondent for the Nine Network.
As a foreign correspondent, he travelled the world, reporting from Somalia, covering the IRA bombings, narrowly avoiding being murdered by a mob in Soweto; the Balkans were at war; the tanks were rumbling in the streets of Moscow. Back in South Africa he got a chance to see up close the genius and humanity of the great Nelson Mandela. And then the Rwandan genocide began, and Hugh was despatched to investigate - with former Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser tagging along.
As the French prepare to resume nuclear testing in the Pacific, Hugh flew to Tahiti to be caught in the middle of the protest riots. After a day of being teargassed and watching his hire car getting torched, evening fell with the capital Papeete in flames. His reporting won him a Logie Award.
Over nearly 40 years, he has been shot at, blown up, threatened with deportation and thrown in jail. He has reported from nearly 50 countries, witnessed massacres in Africa, wars and conflicts on four continents, and every kind of natural disaster.
He has also been a frontline witness to pivotal moments in Australian history, from the Port Arthur massacre to the political dramas of Canberra, receiving almost every major journalism award Australia has to offer.
Minefields is Hugh's fascinating story of over 40 years on the front line of the news game.
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By Anonymous User on 06-10-18
Reliving recent history
Hugh Riminton’s autobiography is a fascinating retelling of significant events that have occurred in Australia in the world over the last 40 years or so, see from the intimate perspective of a reporter who was there. It’s often quite harrowing as we move from one catastrophe to the next.
I was also interested to discover how someone copes with exposure to such extreme levels of trauma, disaster, death and threats to one’s our safety.
The best thing about this audiobook is being able to listen to it in Riminton’s own familiar voice. It’s as if he’s retelling his adventures to you over a very long lunch.
By Kelly on 04-17-18
What an interesting life
Great mix of world events and Hugh’s personal journey.
Informative yet not too heavy.
My only slight criticism is it is read like a news bulletin but that’s what we love about Hugh and I always appreciate a book read by its author.
He seems to be a very humanistic and honourable man. Thanks for your journo service!