The Killing in the Consulate: The Life and Death of Jamal Khashoggi by Channel 4 News’ Foreign Affairs Correspondent Jonathan Rugman will be published by Simon & Schuster this August. Simon & Schuster bought UK & Commonwealth (excluding Canada) rights from Northbank non-fiction agent Martin Redfern.
The Killing in the Consulate contains exclusive interviews with those involved (including Khashoggi’s fiancée, Hatice Cengiz) and the author is given unique access to the Turkish investigation into Khashoggi’s murder.
The book tells the story of Jamal Khashoggi’s life as a journalist and insider at the Saudi royal court, before he falls out of favour with the kingdom’s new Crown Prince and flees into exile in America. It details the struggles in Khashoggi’s personal life as his friends are jailed and Saudi Arabia descends into witch hunts at home – and war in Yemen. It also examines the broader diplomatic context – the rivalry between Turkey and Saudi Arabia for leadership of the Islamic world, and Washington’s response when its Saudi ally, the world’s biggest arms importer, is accused of ordering the killing of Khashoggi
Jonathan Rugman said: ‘It was shocking to return to Istanbul to report on the killing and dismemberment of a fellow journalist, and the attempt to cover up the crime. My book bears witness to Jamal’s life as well as to his death. His story needs to be told and it should never be forgotten.’
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