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Far Horizons

Far Horizons [Kindle Edition]

Frank Gardner
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"Gardner is a good acute observer, a culturally sensitive interlocutor and a genuinely open-minded traveller...his stories are always revealing, often riotous and sometimes moving" (TIME OUT 'Book of the Week')

"A bold, life-affirming read" (GQ)

"An its readers, able-bodied and disabled alike" (OBSERVER)

"His adventures fly off the page in an entertaining and often charmingly self-deprecating manner" (NEWS OF THE WORLD)

"His terrific new book...absorbing, amusing... some hair-raisingly brave travelling" (SCOTSMAN magazine)


`A bold, life-affirming read.'

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1825 KB
  • Print Length: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Transworld Digital (15 Dec 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004E10REU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #126,500 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Far Horizons 24 July 2009
Unlike H Dowdell, I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and found it an easy and enjoyable read. I had already read "Blood & Sand", which I also enjoyed, but I liked "Far Horizons" better. To be fair, a large part of "Blood & Sand" deals with Frank's appalling injuries and subsequent long and painful convalescence - perhaps not "enjoyable" in the normal sense, but an amazing story of survival against all the odds. "Far Horizons" is a lighter book altogether, and I found some of the incidents very amusing. I don't think it was intended as a "travel book" in the way H Dowdell defines this, but more of an autobiography. The cover promises "unusual journeys and strange encounters", and I think that's exactly what you get. It may not be "great writing", but it's easy to read and entertaining - which is what I personally look for in a book.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read 5 Jun 2009
Very good and interesting sketches by the author,.. this was a gift for someone who travels a lot; he saved it for a plane journey, and it did not disappoint !
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A remarkable man 17 July 2009
I heard Frank Gardner being interviewed on the radio a few years ago when he talked frankly about his life leading up to and after the shooting in 2004 which left him paralysed. I was stuck by his positive and unsentimental attitude in facing up to his situation. A remarkable, courageous and inspirational man.

Anyone who enjoyed Michael Palin's travel books, would probably enjoy this book. It is not perhaps written with quite the flair and humour of Michael Palin's books, but worthy and a good read nonetheless.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excelent 3 July 2009
Having already read "Blood & Sand" I was eager to read "Far Horizons and found it equally enthralling.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Far Horizons 1 July 2009
Far HorizonsAn excellent read - an adventurer who despite adversity is still an adventurer!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Remarkable adventures of a remarkable man 1 May 2012
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Having now read both Frank Gardner's books, I am even more in awe of this remarkable man. Every chapter of Far Horizons is an adventure in its own right. The first two thirds of the book deals with his excursions abroad before his shooting, and helps create an understanding that this is no ordinary man, life it to be lived to the full and things only really get interesting for him when boundaries have been pushed to the limit. The way he is then able to approach life after he has lost the use of his legs is simply extraordinary, scuba diving, abseiling (yes, abseiling in a wheelchair!), skiing and more. It is his sheer determination and refusal to take his situation, literally, lying down that I am so in awe of - a role model for us all!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I found Frank Gardner's Book Far Horizons to be extremely interesting following the very good reviews in newspapers,internet and magazines. Since the tragic incidences which have happened to Frank and the death of his camerman I have taken a even deeper interest and it is nice to see Frank in the BBC News Studio in conversation with the programme presenter, Frank sitting in his wheelchair. A very learned gentleman who possesses a way of putting over very clearly whether in text or spoken word. To accept the challenges which have been presented, a lot of cases obstacles which have had to be overcome admires great tact and he has found a way of living in close harmony with the people of a particular country or region. I look forward to reading Frank's Blood and Sand which was published some years ago. Believing there must still be a vast amount of knowledge still to be imparted by Frank I feel sure that the ink in his pen has not dried up and look forward to capturing this hopefully in future books as the days unfold. The end chapters of this book gives a insight into disability which has again been borne with great courage by Frank.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What a survivor 1 April 2013
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This was a book club read and was well liked by all. Frank was of course shot and paralysed but has continued with his career and is a real survivor. He was always an adrenalin junky as a young man and still challenges himself, brilliant man.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars someone with a real wanderlust
Frank has obviously had 'itchy feet' since his youth and he amazes me at all that he remembers. So he obviously is a journalist at heart too. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Anne Heine-Carmichael
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Excellent read,the author takes you with him to all the countries hes been with the way he writes.highly recommended read
Published 13 months ago by annettebarrie
4.0 out of 5 stars far horizons
not yet read but if it is as good as Blood and Sand it will be an excellent read. I look forward to reading it
Published 14 months ago by patricia
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
Beautiful writing, descriptive passages captivating, puts to shame a lot of Gap Year students' travels. Would it be possible to re-create his adventures. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Tronder
5.0 out of 5 stars Far Horizons
Frank Gardner is a gifted writer. This book about his travels through life is very enjoyable. It just made me wish I had kept a journal on my own travels!
Published 18 months ago by Avid Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars A very enjoyable book.
I really enjoyed this book. I thought it was interesting, well written, with a hint of humour thrown in. Read more
Published 20 months ago by kirstyr
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating
I totally agree with the comments made by A McA. I've just finished reading Far Horizons straight after reading Blood and Sand. Both were equally fascinating books. Read more
Published 22 months ago by josephine p
5.0 out of 5 stars A challenging read
Frank Gardner in my view should be recognised for his lifetime of devotion to the Broadcasting of incidents in war torn countries and dispite his life changing injuries he has... Read more
Published on 21 Mar 2012 by Cat Woman
4.0 out of 5 stars A worthwhile and interesting read
When I started this book, I thought, "Max Hastings meets Bill Bryson", but Frank Gardner is not the "press baron" figure that Max Hastings is, although they do share similar... Read more
Published on 17 May 2011 by W. Tegner
5.0 out of 5 stars Far Horizons
Absorbing autobiographical account by Frank of his travels beforw and after his ambush in Saudi Arabia. No bitterness by him although he would be entitled to plenty after. Read more
Published on 17 Dec 2010 by Mr. P. W. Gove
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