Ian Mather has been a journalist for 48 years, most of the time as a foreign and defence correspondent for national newspapers. He is now an author, a freelance journalist and an international election monitor. He is married with three grown-up children and lives in Muswell Hill, London.  
HOT WAR COLD WAR - History From a Reporter's Notebooks
Volume 3 is now available
  Ian Mather’s career as a newspaper correspondent covered many of the conflicts of the late-Twentieth century. From hot wars, such as Vietnam, to the Arctic wastes of the Cold War, he witnessed major events first-hand. This is his story, as recollected from the unique resource of hundreds of notebooks he kept during his career, which included many years as Defence Correspondent for The Observer. Since journalism is the first draft of history, and notebooks are its raw material, they are, therefore, historical documents, and often unique.Volume Three has just been published, and he has also written a separate account of his time in an Argentinian prison, and his subsequent return to Argentina.  
VOLUME ONE 1969 - 1980 VOLUME TWO 1979 -1985 VOLUME THREE 1986 - 1998
Hot War, Cold War Volume One covers the years 1967 to 1980, from the dying embers of British rule in Aden, through the Nigerian Civil War, the United States’ involvement in Vietnam, and Russia’s invasion of Czechoslovakia. The author witnessed war and upheavals in the Sub-Continent, and the violent eruption of fundamentalist Islam in revolutionary Iran. Then, as the decade closes, these worlds are brought head-to-head in the Russian invasion of Afghanistan – an event at which he was the only Western journalist present. With illustrations and photographs, many taken by the author.
During the Falklands War in 1982 Ian Mather, Defence Correspondent of The Observer, was arrested in Argentina. He was charged with espionage and locked up in Ushuaia Prison, Tierra Del Fuego - the most southerly prison in the world. This is his account of how he survived. It reveals how journalists are put in peril when governments blur the borderline between legitimate reporting and the murky world of espionage.