This absorbing, action-packed, and sometimes shocking book tells the story of the brave and fearless team from Frontline Camera Agency, who travelled to areas hit by major conflict and brought back footage which was seen in households all around the world.

With so many publications on the shelves recently written by reporters and presenters it is refreshing to get a different perspective from inside war zones from those behind the camera.

Iraq, Sarajevo, Somalia, Sudan - they were there. Frontline members were often in the thick of it. Peter Jouvenal ensured the BBC's John Simpson got the access he needed for his famous walk into Kabul as the Taliban retreated from the capital of Afghanistan.

Sadly two founding members got too close to the danger and lost their lives. Nicholas della Casa died in Kurdistan in 1991 while Rory Peck was shot in crossfire in 1993.

David Loyn's look back begins with the founding members, which include Jouvenal and former British Army Guards officer Vaughan Smith, and continues through momentous occasions and events during the 1980s and 90s up to the fall of the Taliban in 2003 with insights and comments from members, freelancers and other journalists.

There is a definite level of warmth and humour in the recollections. Eamonn Matthews' memories of Afghanistan include the fact that "People would step out in front of you and open fire just to check their weapons." He also remembers a positive aspect to the team having a camera tripod stolen: "It was a relief in a way, since tripods are a heavy piece of kit and none of them knew how much they'd have to walk in the days to come."

'Frontline' is an insightful journey, illustrating the ever changing methods used in news gathering as technology improves. This is a recommended read for anyone with the vaguest interest in modern history, journalism or conflict and it may even encourage young reporters to get out and experience more of this type of journalism. 

Mark O'Neill-Cummins