Blood and Sand

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Random House, Dec 15, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 528 pages
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It was on 6 June 2004 that BBC security correspondent Frank Gardner and cameraman Simon Cumbers were ambushed by Islamist gunmen in a quiet Riyadh back street. 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 new anniversary edition is a reaffirmation of his deep understanding of – and affection for – the Islamic world in these uncertain times.

 

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An amazing and passionate book about arab culture and Frank Gardners love for travel, despite Franks horrific experience at the hands of an unrepresentative group of attackers this book will make you ... Read full review

Contents

Getting Shot
15
Early Encounters
33
Living in Cairo
58
From Bedouin to Bahrain
107
journalism pre 911
168
Arabia post 911
260
Spooks and Sources
291
the New jihad
311
From Riyadh to Rehab
353
Making Sense of It
410
Afterword
449
Index
455
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About the author (2010)

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. He has written for the Economist, Sunday Times, Daily Telegraph and Time Out and has been published in The Best of Sunday Times Travel Writing.
Awarded an OBE in 2005 for services to journalism, Frank Gardner was profiled in the BBC’s television series, Who Do You Think You Are? in September 2015. Frank lives in London with his family.