Agnès Bun’s debut memoir, There’s No Poetry in a Typhoon: Vignettes from Journalism’s Front Lines (translated from the French by Melanie Ho), has been named “Book of the Lunar Year” by the Asian Books Blog. This annual award is decided by a reader poll.
Agnès Bun is a video journalist for Agence France-Presse. Before the age of 30, she had reported on the aftermath of the 2013 typhoon in the Philippines, come under fire in Eastern Ukraine, covered fatal earthquakes in Nepal and floods in Sri Lanka, filmed the Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. She reflects on the moments of guilt and grace she experienced, and the haunted, hopeful faces she came across during these extraordinary assignments on the edge of life.