On 6 June 2004, Frank Gardner and cameraman Simon Cumbers were in Riyaldh 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 survived. This is his remarkable account of the agonizing journey he has taken since then - from being shot and left for dead to where he is today, partly paralysed but alive, travelling and reporting for the BBC once more. It's a journey that began 25 years earlier when a chance meeting with explorer Wilfred Thesiger inspired what would become a lifelong passion for the Arab world; a passion that would lead to his becoming a BBC journalist, that would send him on the journey that came to dominate; and nearly end - his life: his coverage of Al-Qaeda. Honest, moving, inspiring, Frank's story both 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. Now updated, this reissue of Blood & Sand marks a watershed in the author's life as he recalls his emotional return to Saudia Arabia for the first time since that fateful day ten years ago...
"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 "A witty, self-deprecating, inspiring testament" DAILY TELEGRAPH "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
Number Of Pages: 528
Published: 22nd May 2014
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 13.1 x 3.4
Weight (kg): 0.38
Edition Number: 1