Frank Gardner

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Frank Gardner is the BBC’s Security Correspondent, reporting on issues of UK and global security, covering terrorist attacks, hostage-taking and explaining the complexities of Middle Eastern politics. 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 in Riyadh, Frank was ambushed by Islamist gunmen. His cameraman was killed, and Frank shot multiple times and left for dead. Against all expectations, he survived and, in 2006, published his acclaimed memoir, the bestselling Blood and Sand. This was followed in 2009 with Far Horizons, a much praised account of his life as an inveterate traveller and explorer. He was awarded an OBE in 2005 for services to journalism

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