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  • Published: 1 January 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446421123
  • Imprint: Transworld Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 528

Blood and Sand




Powerful personal story by the BBC's security correspondent about the attempt on his life, his remarkable recovery and the journeys that have taken him there...

On 6 June 2004, Frank Gardner and cameraman Simon Cumbers were in a quiet suburb of Riyadh, filming a piece on Al-Qaeda when they were confronted by Islamist gunmen. Simon was killed instantly. Frank was brought down by a shot in the shoulder, then the leg. As he lay in the dusty street, a figure stood over him and proceeded to pump 4 more bullets into him at point blank range…
BLOOD & SAND is the story of a man who was left for dead but - and against all odds - survived. And not only did Frank Gardner survive but, drawing on his journalistic calling, he has given us an extraordinary, terrifying account of the whole, literally life-shattering, experience - from what it's like to be shot to the excruciating months of recovery. But his book is more than about this one incident and its aftermath. It is about a journey that began 25 years ago with a chance meeting on a London bus with the veteran Arabian explorer Sir Wilfred Thesiger, who inspired in the young Frank what would become a lifelong passion for the Arab world. This abiding interest would lead him to travel throughout the Middle East, experiencing at first hand peoples, places and cultures that few have encountered - a colourful world of scorpion-infested Bedouin tents, of Cairene hash dens and vibrant Egyptian slums. It's a journey that would eventually lead, via the world of banking, to Frank becoming a journalist with the BBC. And it was this passion that would, in the wake of the world-changing events of 9/11, send him on the journey that came to dominate – and so very nearly end – his life: his coverage of the phenomenon that is Al-Qaeda.
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 that reveals a deep understanding of the Islamic world and an insider's compelling analysis of the on-going ‘War on Terror’ and what it means in these uncertain times.

  • Pub date: 1 January 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446421123
  • Imprint: Transworld Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 528

About the Author

Frank Gardner

Born in 1961, Frank Gardner is the BBC's Security Correspondent, reporting for television and radio on issues of domestic and international security, notably on Islamist extremist related terrorism. A fluent Arabist, with a degree in Arabic and Islamic Studies, he was previously the BBC's Middle East Correspondent based in Cairo, and before that in Dubai. In June 2004, while reporting in Riyadh, Frank and his cameraman, Simon Cumbers, were ambushed by Islamist gunmen. Simon was killed outright, Frank was shot multiple times and left for dead. Against all expectations, he survived and, in 2006, published his acclaimed and bestselling memoir, Blood and Sand. In 2009 he published Far Horizons, a much praised account of his life as an inveterate traveller and explorer. His first novel, the thriller Crisis, was a No.1 bestseller. Awarded an OBE for services to journalism, Frank has also written for the Economist, Sunday Times, Daily Telegraph and Time Out and has been published in The Best of Sunday Times Travel Writing.
He lives in London with his family.

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Praise for Blood and Sand

“Gardner is a superb reporter; his terrible experience only make his analysis all the more telling”

EVENING STANDARD

“Gardner tells his remarkable tale well and bravely, with an astonishing lack of anger and enduring love and respect for the Islamic world”

SUNDAY TIMES

“Chilling, graphic and admirably unsentimental...Gardner comes across as a modest, thoroughly decent man...an exemplary foreign correspondent”

GUARDIAN

“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”

SCOTSMAN

“A witty, self-deprecating, inspiring testament”

DAILY TELEGRAPH

“An amazing true story about survival and overcoming adversity”

JAY KAY of Jamiroquai

“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”

INDEPENDENT

“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 ”

OBSERVER

“The book stands on its own merits ... as a fine account of journalistic life and a brave account of Gardner's continuing struggle.”

EVENING STANDARD

“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”

BOOKS QUARTERLY

“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”

Cruise Magazine

“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”

IN DUBLIN

“A compelling autobiography”

WOMAN'S WEEKLY

“Brave, unsentimental and genuinely inspiring.”

EVENING STANDARD


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