BBC security correspondent Frank Gardner OBE, who survived being shot multiple times by Islamist gunmen in Riyadh in 2004, has been confirmed to appear at the second St Albans Literary Festival.
Frank, who reports on issues of UK and global security covering terrorist attacks, hostage-taking and Middle Eastern politics, will be discussing his debut thriller, Crisis, which combines his up-to-the minute insider knowledge and fly-on-the-wall insights with heart-in-mouth excitement.
The novel was described by author Tony Parsons as “a nerve-shredding thriller... and intelligent high-voltage storytelling of the very highest order” which he compares to the best of John Le Carre and Robert Harris, but with a knowledge of the political landscape that is infinitely better than all of them.
It focuses on the murder of a British Secret Intelligence Service agent, whose body is discovered in the Colombian jungle, and whose death triggers a crisis which could result in a disaster on a terrifying scale.
Frank will also be talking about his memoir, the bestselling Blood and Sand, and its follow-up Far Horizons, an account of his life as an inveterate traveller and explorer, at St Albans Cathedral on the evening of Monday July 4.
This year’s St Albans LitFest follows the inaugural event in 2014, which featured authors including Sir Terry Wogan, Jessie Burton, James Runcie, Leanda de Lisle and Conn Iggulden.
The festival will be kicking off on Monday July 4 and runs until Sunday July 10, and promises a programme of exciting activities. Confirmed guests include Human Rights lawyer Anthony Lester QC, controversial politician Ken Livingstone, graphic novelist Dave Gibbons, fantasy scribe Ben Aaronovitch, crime writers David Mark, Peter Robinson, SD Sykes, Sarah Pinborough and Angela Clarke, and historical authors Alison Weir, Tracy Borman and Amy Licence.
An exceptional array of workshops, talks and interactive sessions for children have also been scheduled, including events featuring the Clangers, gothic author Robin Jarvis, The Wimpy Kid Show, Phoenix Comics contributor Neill Cameron and It Girl writer Katy Birchall.
If you’d like to find out more information on the festival, visit the Facebook site or website.
Tickets for all events are now available from the LitFest website.