Frank Gardner OBE is an author and broadcaster, known for reporting for TV and radio on issues of both domestic and international security, notably on Al Qaeda related terrorism.
Frank’s fascination with the Middle East began as a teenager when he had a chance meeting with Wilfrid Thesiger (who extensively travelled and photographed the Middle East). A fluent Arabist with a degree in Arabic and Islamic studies from Exeter University, Frank spent nine years as an investment banker in New York, London and Bahrain before switching to journalism. He has reported extensively on the so-called ‘War on Terror’ in Guantanamo Bay, Yemen, Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere in the Middle East.
In 2004 he survived being shot six times at close range by Al Qaeda terrorists in the Riyadh suburb, Saudi Arabia. He was left severely wounded and wheelchair dependant.
In May 2006 Frank’s first book, Blood and Sand, was published by Transworld, reaching number three in the Sunday Times Best-seller List. It is a remarkable snapshot of the Middle East over a number of years and the poignant story of what can happen to your belief system when the culture you have embraced ends up trying to kill you. He is currently working on his second book, Far Horizons. A look at the epically hard travelling he has done over the years in an extraordinary variety of countries and how his horizons have been altered, but not diminished, by his injuries – he has since been skiing, quad-biking and scuba diving.
He was awarded an OBE in June 2005 for services to journalism.
Frank is in high demand on the speaking circuit as an inspirational and motivational speaker. His own story of survival combined with his extensive knowledge of the Middle East mark him out as a Zeitgeist of our time.
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