New in paperback, the Sunday Times bestseller in which the celebrated BBC Security Correspondent recalls his extraordinary travels before and after the near-fatal attempt on his life...
Lost on a remote Sumatran volcano…pursued through a Tokyo backstreet by a Japanese gangster…picnicking with the French Foreign Legion in the Horn of Africa: Frank Gardner’s idea of a holiday is not everyone’s. But ever since his student days, the BBC security correspondent has done some epicly hard travelling in a remarkable number of countries. Drawing on the diaries, sketches and photos he kept during his travels, his immaculately observed accounts of these often strange, sometimes daring, adventures in many of the world’s most out of the way places form the backbone of his new book.
In June 2004, while reporting on what should have been a routine assignment in Riyadh, his life – never mind his ability to travel the world – was nearly brought to a violent end by Islamist gunmen. Incredibly, Frank not only survived being shot six times at point blank range but also, against all the odds and through force of will, has found himself looking towards those far horizons once more. He’s not only been slalom skiing in the Alps, scuba diving in the Red Sea and explored the jungle in northern Thailand. And he is also reporting once more from far-flung destinations like Afghanistan and Colombia – and this is a man who no longer has the use of his legs…
This is Frank Gardner’s compelling, personal yet unsentimental account of the myriad adventures that made him the man he was on that fateful day five years ago – and of the journeys he’s made since, and how they’ve helped him to become the remarkable and inspiring individual he is today.
“A bold, life-affirming read”
“An inspiration...to its readers, able-bodied and disabled alike”
“His adventures fly off the page in an entertaining and often charmingly self-deprecating manner”
NEWS OF THE WORLD
“His terrific new book...absorbing, amusing... some hair-raisingly brave travelling”
MAIL ON SUNDAY
“Gardner is a good storyteller...an acute observer, a culturally sensitive interlocutor and a genuinely open-minded traveller...his stories are always revealing, often riotous and sometimes moving”
TIME OUT 'Book of the Week'