Sky's Crawford to write Libya story

Sky's Crawford to write Libya story

HarperCollins has acquired an account of this year's Libyan conflict by Sky News reporter Alex Crawford, who was on the scene during the uprising and was the only journalist to ride with the rebels as they reached Tripoli's Green Square.

Collins publisher Hannah Macdonald bought UK and Commonwealth rights in the title, Colonel Gaddafi's Hat, from Kate Shaw at The Viney Agency. It will be published in March 2012.

The book will be an account of the uprising which saw the overthrow and death of Colonel Gaddafi, ruler of Libya for more than 40 years. The title refers to the man who found Gaddafi's gold-braided military hat when rebels stormed the dictator's Bab al-Aziziya compound in August, and wore it as he was interviewed by Crawford.

Crawford will recall her experience of the conflict as journalist and witness, and her encounters with the people who formed the uprising, as well as telling what motivates her to risk her own life to report on events in a war zone.

Macdonald called it the "first classic of the new journalism", and said: "Alex's proposal took me deep into a labyrinthine city, a corrupt regime and a flickering resistance. It is the extraordinary story of the fall of a regime, an uprising of people and a journalist's dangerous scramble to track, witness and share events with the rest of the world."

Last week, Crawford won the Achievement of the Year Award at the Women in Film & Television Awards for her coverage of events in Libya