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Frank Gardner



Frank is a former Captain in the British Army and is the BBC’s full-time Security Correspondent, reporting on a diverse range of events across the globe.

A graduate with a degree in Arabic and Islamic Studies, Frank was awarded an OBE by the Queen in 2005 for services to journalism. He is the author of two bestselling books, Blood and Sand, describing his Middle East experiences, and Far Horizons, which is about his journeys to unusual places across the world. During an assignment in Saudi Arabia in 2004, Frank survived an assassination attempt by a team of Al-Qaeda gunmen, during which he was shot six times in the leg and lower back and was left paralysed from the waist down. His cameraman, Simon Cumbers, was killed. After 14 operations and several months in hospital, he returned to reporting for the BBC in mid-2005 and now uses a wheelchair or a frame.

His interest in travelling and sport has not subsided, and he re-learned how to ski using a bob ski, culminating in 2011 when he was elected President of the British Ski Club. His recently published spy thriller, Crisis, has been lauded by the likes of The Sunday Times and James Bond actor Sir Roger Moore.