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‘I hope the audience will leave still confused by why it went wrong’

Article first published in The Times by David Aaronovitch on 3 May 2017. The playwright looks like a junior minister and the junior minister looks like a playwright. In 2003 the junior minister-looking one was on the Great Demonstration Against the War. A few weeks later the playwright-looking one was governing a province in southern Iraq. […]

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WHAT DOES HOME MEAN TO A NOMADIC TRAVEL WRITER?

Article first published in Outside by Andrew Fedorov on 22 November 2016. When Rory Stewart was 15 and visiting his parents in China, he bought a cheap bicycle in a Guangzhou department store and decided to bike more than 100 miles back to the family apartment in Hong Kong. This worried his mother, though perhaps […]

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A walk with the FT: London’s Hyde Park with Rory Stewart

Article first published in The Financial Times by Alec Marsh on 18 November 2016. Rory Stewart’s stride is long and distinctive. Not Ministry of Silly Walks distinctive, more of a purposeful lope – like a greyhound in the moments before determined acceleration. I hurry to keep up as he tells me his desired speed is […]

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RORY STEWART WALKS INTO HISTORY

Article first published in the Wall Street Journal by Alexandra Wolfe on 4 November 2016. In 2011, the British politician and diplomat Rory Stewart decided to walk the 73-mile length of Hadrian’s Wall, the nearly 2,000-year-old structure marking the northwest border of the Roman Empire, with his then 89-year-old father. Mr. Stewart’s goal was to […]

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FLORENCE OF ARABIA TAMED BY A TODDLER

Article first published in The Times by Oliver Thring on 9 October 2016. In November 2014 Rory Stewart delivered his son on his bathroom floor after his wife went into labour unexpectedly. Nine months later the Tory MP, author and former adventurer held his 93-year-old father as he died. Guided by paramedics on the phone, […]

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THE HOUSE OF STEWART

Article first published on Politics Home by Paul Waugh on 6 November 2014. He has, famously, been a deputy governor of an Iraqi province, an adviser to the Obama administration and part-time tutor to Princes William and Harry. He walked thousands of miles across Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran, worked with the UN in Bosnia and […]

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Rory Stewart interview: Britain’s strategic gap

Article first published in Prospect Magazine by Jay Elwes on 18 September 2014. “It was very striking when the Russia crisis broke out for example that there were only two people left [in the Defence Intelligence unit] working on Russia.” “There was no Crimea desk officer,” in the service, which provides strategic defence intelligence to […]