BBC reporter John Simpson is a prolific writer — by my count this is his sixth thick book drawing on his experiences reporting from various hotspots around the world. To that you can add the account of his childhood, Days From a Different World. That book, along with Strange Places, Questionable People, was more directly autobiographical. A more reflective section of the book deals with the birth of his son, Rafe. This is approached from the view of a father now in his 60s and is unashamedly trite, as are many of Simpson’s conclusions about life and the meaning thereof.