Correspondents is a hefty, multi-generational saga that begins with the first arrival of Arab settlers in northern New England in the early 20th century and concludes in the opening years of the Obama administration. But at its heart is a journalist’s perspective on the lawless, lethal streets of the Iraqi capital in the months following the American invasion in 2003... The novel’s later, rather heavy-going episodes find Rita attached to a Washington thinktank dispensing foreign policy advice to the Obama administration. But what she – and indeed the novel – misses at this point is the adrenalin-fuelled intensity of reporting from a warzone. The final outcome of US intervention in the Middle East is yet to be written, but it’s clear that what Murphy understands best is the obsessive mindset of an unrepentant deadline-junkie
Calamity: The Many Lives of Calamity Jane
"as Karen Jones sets out dismayingly early in her book, the only things that the real-life ‘Calamity Jane’ can with confidence be said to have in common with her legend is that she wore trousers, swore like a navvy and was pissed all the time..."
— The Spectator