REVIEW: On The Front Line With The Women Who Fight Back by Stacey Dooley

I have been a huge fan of Stacey Dooley’s for years! I was actually unaware how she started out as investigative journalist until recently, but I have always been fascinated by her documentaries.

For those of you who don’t know, Stacey Dooley is a young woman from Luton who has visited some of the scariest places on the planet to film documentaries for the BBC. She has met women effected by every issue you can think of and brought knowledge to thousands of viewers. Her eye opening documentaries have covered areas of the news that often don’t make it onto the news, giving voice to people around the world who wouldn’t normally get a voice.

And it is so refreshing to see a young woman doing this. She has a none BBC accent, she is young, she’s a woman and in every situation she appears calm, measured and knowledgable.

When I found out Dooley was writing a book I was very excited. Whenever I watch one of her documentaries, I instantly want to watch another. They are fascinating and so eye opening. I was also very excited to find the book focused on the women she had met over the years because, as Dooley says in the book, it is so often women who are worse effected during times of war or as a result of the political systems currently in place across the world.

Moving through the documentaries she has filmed there was extra information about the women Dooley met, the things that fell onto the cutting room floor. But also information about Dooley’s journey as a journalist, finding her feet and gaining the confidence to make her own decisions about how these documentaries are made. It was interesting to learn how much time she spent in each place and the way that she has had greater and greater input into the making of these documentaries.

Whether you’re a fan of Dooley or just interested in current affairs and want to widen your world view, this is an invaluable read. At times hard to read but always interesting and thought provoking, this is a must read book.

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