June 2014 marks the 10th anniversary of the attempt on BBC security correspondent Frank Gardner's life - his bestselling memoir is reissued with a new chapter recounting his return to Saudi Arabia for the first time since that near-fatal day in 2004...
On the 6th of June 2004 BBC security correspondent Frank Gardner and cameraman Simon Cumbers were ambushed by Islamist gunmen. Simon was killed outright. Frank was hit in the shoulder and leg. As he lay in the dust, a figure stood over him and pumped four more bullets into his body at point-blank range…
Against all the odds, Frank Gardner survived.
Ten years on from that horrendous attack, although partly paralysed, he continues to travel the world reporting for the BBC. His acclaimed, moving and inspiring memoir is now brought up to date with a new chapter recalling his return to Saudi Arabia for the first time since he was shot. This edition was published to mark the book’s 10th anniversary and is a reaffirmation of his deep understanding of – and affection for – the Islamic world in these uncertain times.
“Gardner is a superb reporter; his terrible experience only make his analysis all the more telling”
“Gardner tells his remarkable tale well and bravely, with an astonishing lack of anger and enduring love and respect for the Islamic world”
“Chilling, graphic and admirably unsentimental... Gardner comes across as a modest, thoroughly decent man... an exemplary foreign correspondent”
“A witty, self-deprecating, inspiring testament”
“Vivid detail... entertaining anecdotes... Gardner is a tremendous model for what relations between East and West can be... a fine introduction both to journalism and to the culture of the Middle East”
“What makes Gardner's moving, often humorous, deeply personal story so important is the fact that he has woven into it a brilliantly dispassionate, clear-eyed account of the Islamic world”
“Recounting his injuries and painful rehabilitation, Gardner is witty and moving, capturing without any self-pity the horror of learning his legs don't work ”
“An amazing true story about survival and overcoming adversity”
“The book stands on its own merits... as a fine account of journalistic life and a brave account of Gardner's continuing struggle”
“Blood and Sand is a remarkable book from a remarkable man”
YORKSHIRE EVENING POST
“Frank's honest account of his life-changing experiences offers a message of hope in a dangerous and divided world”
THE GOOD BOOK GUIDE
“What makes Gardner's moving, often humorous, deeply personal story so important is the fact that he has woven into it a brilliantly dispassionate, clear-eyed account of the Islamic world which offers a unique insight into al-Qaeda”
THE SCOTSMAN MAGAZINE
“His story, mixing the personal and the political, is both moving and insightful - a testament to one individual's will to overcome a terrible experience, and a powerful piece of reportage”
“The most endearing element of this book is the voice with which Gardner tells his stories - honest, compassionate and unassuming, he is a thoroughly likeable storyteller, ensuring that Blood and Sand makes for a fascinating read”
“Written with honesty, integrity and humour, this is a powerful, haunting account of survival, of over-coming adversity and a determination to carry on - a moving and inspiring personal story”
“A compelling autobiography”
“Brave, unsentimental and genuinely inspiring”