By Glen Felgate

From PHNOM PENH with LOVE

Adventure Novel

Doing battle with karaoke-crazed generals, egotistical celebrities, hard-headed tycoons and matronly housekeepers is all in a day’s work for ex-journalist Fin, as he manages – against the odds – to launch Cambodia’s Number 1 radio station. In the process he gradually falls in love – not with a lady, not with a person – but with a country.

In his first novel, inspired by his vivid experiences of running TV channels in a country beset by chaos, author Glen Felgate leads his readers on a bizarre journey into the heart of Cambodia, its society and its exotic Khmer culture.

Adventurer, Traveller, Writer

Glen Felgate

Evacuated from Libya, blown up in a TV building during the Bosnian war, handed over to rebels after a coup in Sierra Leone, Glen Felgate’s life has been one big adventure after another.
The son of a British oil worker, Glen was brought up in Libya, Kuwait and Malaysia, and schooled in England and the United States.

During the 90s Glen worked as a journalist for Reuters TV. In 2000 he moved to South East Asia where he helped set up TV and media channels.

In the Works

Available mid-2020

As the Crow Cries

Non-Fiction/Memor

With his time in Cambodia at an end, ex-journalist Fin heads to Myanmar to set up a 24-hour news channel.

As the country rapidly opens up, Fin befriends a former diplomat who keeps the troublesome foreigner out of jail while navigating Mynmar’s quirky customs

When he is not running the gauntlet with the authorities, Fin deals with the channel’s whimsical owners as well as thwarting other attempts to sabotage his plans to get the channel on air.

As the Crow Cries is expected to be available mid-2020.

 

EXTRACT - Unedited

CHAPTER ONE – PRISON

“Journalists get thrown in prison here all the time,” my English journalist friend Roger said matter-of-factly as he twirled his wine glass. He peered over the top of the smudged wine glass rim as he continued, “Here it’s like getting an MBA. But it’s mainly local journalists though.”

“As a foreigner, you’ll be all right, I think,” Roger added as an afterthought.

At that point, a couple of the regulars appeared in the Captain Bar’s doorway. They sauntered over to their barstools at the far side of the U-shaped bar walking past us as they did so.

“Evening, Kevin,” Roger called out across the bartop. Kevin looked up peering through his wire-framed spectacles as he did so. He slid a hand through his curly brown hair and smiled.

“Roger! How are you, mate?” came the reply.

“Good, good, thanks, Kevin. So, you and James are still knocking about here then?”

“It’s the only bar that will give us credit,” James replied with a wink. “We’ve been turfed out of all the others. The GM here is still new…”

“He’ll soon learn,” Roger smiled. “By the way, this is Fin. He’s setting up a 24-hour news channel here.”

James’ jovial face suddenly turned serious as he turned to look at Kevin. Kevin looked back at James and then turned towards Roger and I. He sighed as he did so.

“You do know they’re arresting people left, right and centre, don’t you?” Kevin asked in a lowered voice.

“And so, what’s new?” Roger replied.

“No, this is worse,” James chimed in, looking around as he did so. “The foreign correspondents are leaving, and the locals are getting more and more nervous.”

In the Future 

Expected to be Available 2020

All I Ever Wanted (was a place in the Sun)

Non-Fiction/Memor

‘All  Ever Wanted’ is a behind-the-scenes look at the ‘journey’ of an unknown television news agency journalist – from the moment he ‘cuts his television teeth’, unwittingly filming Saddam’s Hussein’s son Uday watching a football match in Iraq to the moment he identifies the bodies of friends killed in an ambush by child-soldiers in Sierra Leone.

Unlike other ‘news memoirs’, ‘All  Ever Wanted’ is a down-to-earth look at the life of a television news agency producer as he works for and alongside some of the world’s best-known correspondents and reporters.

However, in this particular journalist’s television world, there are no stand-uppers and recognition – just hard work, plenty of adventure and a lot of risks…

This is a book for adventure-lovers, ‘news ‘junkies’ and students, and, of course, those who love memoirs.

 

This book does not just dwell on the dangers of covering wars but also depicts the zany humour, humanity and camaraderie of those who made covering disasters and wars their life’s work.

EXTRACT - INTRODUCTION (UNEDITED)

In 1993 I joined a little know television news agency called Visnews.

Visnews was a London-based international news agency jointly owned by NBC television, Reuters and the BBC. It was one of two agencies that supplied international television news – the other being WTN. At the time two agencies had a monopoly on the commercial supply of international broadcast news.

I would work for the agency for the next eight years. During that time, I would cover the world’s top stories. I would also be blown up in a TV building in Sarajevo, be shot at umpteen times, fend off an angry mob in Kosovo and interview some of the world’s leaders as they went about their business trying to do deals and stop wars and dictate policy around the world. I would also lose friends and colleagues in crazy wars in far-flung places.

As agency journalists, we really were the silent minority. There was hardly ever any recognition. Accolades were few and far between and were usually out of sight. However, despite their anonymity, their dispatches and their TV pictures spoke volumes. Some of what they did stopped wars and forced governments to act and helped change international policies and agendas.

In working for Reuters TV, I came across a much-overlooked segment of the television news business populated by dedicated men and women who risked their lives daily to bring some of the most important stories and images to the attention of the politicians and the public.

Our primary aim was to get the action – and we usually did. However, after all was said and done, and when I had time to look back on where I went and what I did and who we used to be, I have to remind myself that all I ever really wanted was a posting overseas. All I really ever wanted was a place in the sun…

 

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glen@glenfelgate.com