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

Blood and Sand




BBC security correspondent's bestselling memoir about the attempt on his life, his recovery and his experiences in the Middle East.

On 6 June 2004, Frank Gardner and cameraman Simon Cumbers were in a suburb of Riyadh, filming a report on Al-Qaeda when they were confronted by Islamist gunmen. Simon was killed outright. Frank was brought down by shots in the shoulder and leg. As he lay bleeding in the street, a figure stood over him and pumped four more bullets into him at point blank range... Against all the odds, Frank Gardner survived and this is his remarkable account of the agonizing journey he has taken - from being shot and left for dead to where he is today, partly paralysed but alive. It is a journey that really began 25 years earlier when a chance meeting with explorer Wilfred Thesiger inspired what would become a lifelong passion for the Arab world. This would take him throughout the Middle East and eventually lead to his becoming a BBC journalist. And, in the wake of the events of 9/11, this passion sent him on the journey that came to dominate - and nearly end - his life: his coverage of Al-Qaeda. Honest, moving and inspiring, his story - now updated for this paperback edition - reveals a deep understanding of the Islamic world and offers a compelling analysis of the on-going 'War on Terror' and what it means in these uncertain times.

  • Published: 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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