Not many people get to survive being shot 6 times at close range. Frank Gardner, a TV reporter for BBC News, is one of the few who have. In 2004 he and his cameraman Simon were ambushed by terrorists while filming in Saudi Arabia. Simon was killed and Frank survived with extensive injuries. He later returned to work, reporting for TV, radio and online on international security, terrorism and events in the Middle EasA fluent Arabic speaker, Frank chose Arabic & Islamic Studies for his degree at Exeter University, a course that included a memorable year in Cairo. He went on to live with the Bedouin in Jordan before running a bank in Bahrain then working in Dubai as the BBC’s Gulf Correspondent. He says he has been lucky enough to visit every Arab country except Mauritania and his fascination with the region continues today.He was awarded the OBE by HM The Queen in 2005 for services to journalism, awarded Honorary Doctorates of Laws by six British universities and voted Journalist of the Year in the European Diversity Awards. His Sunday Times bestseller ‘Blood and Sand’, describes his 25 years of Middle Eastern experiences. His second book ‘Far Horizons’ is all about exotic travel destinations like Socotra and Djibouti. ‘Crisis’, his first novel and a bestselling spy thriller, was published in summer 2016.