Moscow Calling is his story of those momentous years. Part history, part travelogue, it takes the reader from the muddy suburbs of communist Moscow to the corridors of Putin's Kremlin, from the Baltic to Siberia, from artists' studios to the war-zone of Chechnya. Written with passion and humour, and a deep knowledge of the experiences and concerns of ordinary Russians, it is the essential background for understanding Russia today.
A self-critical author writing his memoirs sounds like a contradiction in terms. Angus Roxburgh, though, has produced a book that illuminates discerningly the dramatic changes that have occurred in Russia over the past 40 years, many of which he witnessed at first hand. His account is often amusing, sometimes grim (when he recalls his experience reporting wars in Chechnya and Afghanistan), but consistently perceptive' ~Archie Brown, Emeritus Professor of Politics at the University of Oxford, History Today
If you are looking for the Russia beyond the political cliché then this is the book for you. An intimate and incisive account of a famous journalist’s long-term relationship with the country, a relationship as complex and intense as any Russian novel' ~Peter Pomerantsev, author of 'Nothing Is True and Everything is Possible'
If you want a good, enthralling memoir of the great, raging days of turmoil in Russia and the USSR, as witnessed and recorded by an honest man, this is the one to read' ~Peter Hitchens, Mail on Sunday
Moscow Calling is at least two books in one – a memoir if those first years in Moscow, and a wider-focused story about covering one of the twentieth century’s biggest stories: the sudden decline and fall of the Soviet Union. The threading together of his Russian friendships and the times they’ve all lived through give the book its greatest strength' ~David Robinson, Scottish Review of Books
Nobody has a better ear for Russia than Angus Roxburgh - a joy to read, often very funny, often profoundly sad, and in both respects a good reflection of the Russian experience' ~Justin Webb, Today programme (BBC)
Roxburgh writes beautifully, with a lyricism and descriptive touch beyond ordinary reportage and that any serious novelist would be proud of. Those looking for the memoirs of a foreign correspondent will find them in this book. But what they will find too is an elegy to Russia, by someone deeply etched by its influence and its continuing presence in his life' ~Herald, David Pratt
These memoirs show us the understanding, empathy and the compassion that underpinned the knowledge and authority of Roxburgh’s reporting. A gripping story, scintillatingly told. Essential reading for any young person thinking of a career in the media. It will have you laughing out loud in places, move you close to tears in others' ~Scotsman
This fascinating and compellingly intelligent memoir of a foreign correspondent ... informed by love of the country and its people, is written with style, panache and wry humour' ~Saltire Society Non-Fiction Book of the Year judging panel (Shortlisted)