Far horizons: unusual journeys and strange encounters from a travelling life
Lost on a remote Sumatran volcanopursued through a Tokyo backstreet by a Japanese gangsterpicnicking with the French Foreign Legion in the Horn of Africa: Frank Gardners idea of a holiday is not everyones. 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 worlds 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. Hes 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 Gardners 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 hes made since, and how theyve helped him to become the remarkable and inspiring individual he is today.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Steve38 - LibraryThing
An absolutely awful book. Here we have a respected (at least until I read his book ) BBC journalist who has the cheek to turn out his backpacking and family holidays reminiscences as a four hundred ... Read full review
Foreword by Michael Palin
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