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“Ayed’s voice is fresh in Middle East coverage. She is plain-spoken, intellectually honest.” - National Post
“Powerful … [A Thousand Farewells is] part memoir, part history lesson on the Arab world—and quietly, but oh so passionately, a defence of good old-fashioned journalism in a time of cost cuts and Google News…. Ayed brings insight to big societal issues …. But she is at her most persuasive recounting the stories of ordinary Arabs she meets along the way.” - The Gazette (Montreal)
In the Canadian media landscape, it’s a rare journalist who views reporting as a selfless calling that subjugates ego in favour of a well-reported story. That’s why Nahlah Ayed’s new memoir is a refreshing take on the life of an overseas correspondent in some of the world’s most volatile hot spots…. Ayed’s all-consuming work ethic is apparent in the care and attention to detail throughout this book…. By no means a comprehensive overview of the region, A Thousand Farewells is nonetheless a valuable street-level view that doesn’t boast of big names interviewed or famous company kept. Rather, this genuinely interesting individual dedicated to no-nonsense coverage of a difficult part of the world offers readers a good narrative that recalls an age when the substance of journalists’ work took precedence over their well-coiffed personas.” - Quill & Quire (starred review)
“[A Thousand Farewells is] brisk but carefully measured…. A compelling collection of stories and subjects, memories and snippets of well-chosen journalistic detail.” - Winnipeg Free Press
Nahlah Ayed was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba , is of Palestinian descent, and is fluent in both Arabic and English. She joined the CBC in 2002 and is currently a CBC correspondent, stationed in Libya .
I like Nahlah Ayed and enjoyed reading about her life to date.Published 3 months ago by Grammomster
Followed her reports for years, almost since the beginning. Interesting to hear the meta-stories behind the stories. Important work was done here...not without sacrifice it seems.Published 14 months ago by W Jensen
Good book by an excellent reporter. Gives a good insight into today's problems.Published 15 months ago by daisymae
This is a first-hand account of the unsettling period in the Middle East vividly described by Nahlah Ayed, a CBC foreign correspondent. Read morePublished on Aug. 8 2013 by jss
Very timely in June 2013. Written with great insight into the lives of everyday Arabs. I learned a lot. I highly recommend.Published on July 2 2013 by l'anglaisemtl