Anthony Grey Archive Anthony Grey Archive

Personal and literary papers relating to the novelist, foreign journalist and BBC presenter Anthony Grey (1938-) who was born in Norwich.

Grey came to world attention in the late 1960s when, as a Reuters correspondent he spent two years as a hostage in Peking, where he had been sent to cover the Cultural Revolution. This gruesome period (July 1967-October 1969) resulted in his first book Hostage in Peking (1970). Following this, Grey produced a string of bestsellers including: Saigon, Peking, The Bangkok Secret, and Tokyo Bay.

From 1974-1979 Grey was a regular presenter of the BBC World Service daily programme of international affairs Twenty-Four Hours.

Grey's experience as a hostage led to him founding Hostage Action Worldwide in the late 1980s. He launched his charity Planet of Forgiveness in June 2011.

The launch of the paperback The Hostage Handbook (Tagman Press) also took place in June 2011. First published in 2009, the book includes verbatim transcripts of Grey's shorthand diaries, written in secret while in captivity in Beijing. Interspersed are present day reflections on the ordeal and its life-long impacts.

The archive holds original manuscripts, research papers, photographs, publicity material and correspondence relating to Grey's publications, magazine journalism, television and radio productions.

Listing of this collection [, 308KB]

The Anthony Grey Archive is catalogued to file level within the Archives Union of  the Library Catalogue.

External links:

BBC News "Reporter on being held hostage" 4 Oct. 2009