Martha Gellhorn reported many of the flashpoints of the 20th century, witnessing the Depression, the Spanish Civil War, covering the fall of Czechoslovakia and the Normandy landings, the liberation of Dachau and the Nuremburg Trials. She also reported from Vietnam and Israel. But her private life was often messy and volcanic. Her husband Ernest Hemingway once sent her a telegram: "Are you a war correspondent or my wife in bed?" She shook herself free of him and chose to go adventuring. She also fought against injustice, being influenced by two older women: her mother, a social reformer, and Eleanor Roosevelt. She wrote books of reporting and travel and also novels. This title reveals much about her life and loves and is based on primary source material including her own letters.
Caroline Moorehead is the biographer of Bertrand Russell, Freya Stark and Iris Origo. She is well known for her work in human rights and has published a history of the International Committee of the Red Cross. She lives in London and is currently writing a book about refugees, entitled Human Cargo.