It is 50 years since Hugh was in the middle of the Vietnam War. While some in the book industry say “books have the shelf life of yoghurt”, Hugh’s Vietnam: A Reporter’s War is now published by HarperCollins. This memoir of 1967-68 covering the Vietnam War as a Reuters war correspondent took 17 years to find a publisher — University of Queensland Press — but has never been out of print since. It has had four publishers in Australia and two in New York. Hugh’s recollections of Saigon’s famous Continental Hotel; the Tet Offensive; and the battle for Hue have inspired many readers to travel Vietnam with his book as their guide to where it all happened in the long war.