Writing on the Edge
Press Coverage and Reviews
Tom Craig's Writing on the Edge: Great Contemporary Writers on the Front Lines of Crisis is, in many ways, a beautiful, thought-provoking book that reveals the courage and limitations of its writers.
In the most basic, physical sense, it is a book beautifully constructed. It has weight; its pages are glossy and silken to the touch; it smells as a book should. It is beautiful in its many moving, exquisitely composed, vibrant photographs. It is beautiful in the clear, genuine writing of its 14 contributors. But first and foremost, the brave, flawed, wounded people it portrays with sympathy and intelligence create great beauty.
— Emily Atkinson, The Smith College Sophian
"To say this of human beings is to say both the best and the worst. They can get used to anything," Martin Amis writes in his essay about violence in Cali, Colombia. As if to prove him right, in "In Another Life," Tracy Chevalier, author of Girl with a Pearl Earring, describes her clumsy interviews with rape victims at a Doctors Without Borders/ Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) clinic in Burundi. And in "Quietly in Hope" Joanne Harris describes facing teenagers with machine guns at a roadblock in Congo-Brazzaville, making it easy to forget that the woman riding in a land cruiser with MSF staff is the same woman who penned Chocolat."
— Chelsea G.H. Philpo, The Brooklyn Rail
METRO Newspapers: April 6 and 7, 2010: Director Danny Boyle, one of 14 writers and actors who traveled with Tom Craig to document isolated areas with Doctors Without Borders. Boyle reflects on his search of multidrug-resitant tuberculosis.
— Danny Boyle, METRO [download PDF]
"...Fourteen essays that take the reader on a harrowing tour of countries in crisis."
"These art works, in their artistry and complexity of thought, start conversations, whereas most non-professional images and texts have the more straightforward task of delivering "subjectified" information. This is why a book like Writing on the Edge: Great Contemporary Writers on the Front Line of Crisis, ...is an important anthology."
— Aimee Walleston, The Last Magazine