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    
Contents - Volume One Contents - Volume Two Contents - Volume Three
  Introduction First Experiences of the Cold War  
1 Tehran, November 1979 The Iran Hostage Crisis  
2 Iran, September 1979 The Ayatollah Khomeini: A Visit to his Birthplace  
3 Persepolis, December 1979 The 'Devil's Festival'  
4 Monrovia, April 1980 A Gruesome Coup in Liberia  
5 N’Djamena, May 1980 The Music of Chad  
6 Equatorial Guinea, May 1980 A Dictator Who Made Idi Amin 'Look Like a Vicar'  
7 Israel and the West Bank, June 1980 An Eye for an Eye  
8 Colorado Springs, September 1980 A Visit to Mad Mountain  
9 Brize Norton, October, 1980 A Flight on a B-52 Bomber  
10 Baghdad, November 1980 A Meeting with Saddam Hussein  
11 Front Line, Iraq, November 1980 With Iraqi Forces Outside Abadan  
12 Front Line, Iran, December 1980 Inside Abadan with Iranian Forces  
13 Beirut, May 1981 An Assault on a Country and the Murder of a Friend  
14 English Channel, September 1981 Warriors of the Deep  
15 Tehran, Spring 1981 The Iran-Iraq War Goes on: and Israel Strikes  
16 Ushuaia, Argentina, Spring 1982 The Year of Three Winters: Imprisionment in Argentina  
17 Las Vegas, January 1983 Testing the Atom Bomb the American Way  
18 Kazakh SSR, May 1990 Testing the Atom Bomb the Soviet Way  
19 Canada, March 1983 An Electronic Hadrian's Wall in the High Arctic  
20 Spitzbergen, April 1985 Common Sense in a Cold Climate  
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.