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  • Mass Market Paperback: 475 pages
  • Publisher: Coronet, London; 1st Coronet Edition edition (25 Aug. 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340609699
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340609699
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 3.3 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 174,237 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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New edition of Terry Waite's seminal memoir, celebrating 25 years since his release - with a new foreword and final chapter --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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'I sat down and began to prepare myself for an ordeal. I made three resolutions to support me through whatever was to come: no regrets, no false sentimentality, no self-pity.'

In his prison cell Terry Waite wrote his autobiography in his head. This is it, his own heart-rending account of how he survived for 1,763 days in captivity, almost four years of which were in solitary confinement. He tells of his constant struggle to maintain his faith and of the inner strength which helped him endure the savage treatment he received from his captors.

Above all it was his recollections of his life from childhood onwards sustained him. Born the son of a village policeman he was adviser to the first African Archbishop in Idi Amin's Uganda, he worked in Rome as consultant to religious communities and emerged on the world stage as the Archbishop of Canterbury's envoy to the Middle East.

Terry went on to become a negotiator for hostages in Tehran, Libya and Beirut, when he himself was taken hostage.

This classic account of one man's survival at the limits of human endurance now includes an updated foreword and new chapter from Terry, as he reflects on the aftermath of his release, his return to normal life and the new opportunities he now has to work with hostages in the fast-changing political landscape in the Middle East today.

'A poignant self-portrait' The Daily Telegraph

Terry Waite has led a remarkable life as a hostage negotiator. He survived five years in captivity and remains actively involved with hostages and their families as well as working with those who find themselves on the margins of society.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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We often take for granted the little things in life - few people can have experienced having ALL of that taken away in an instant. Terry Waite gives gripping details about life in captivity and how it feels to be locked in a dark room for months on end without seeing or talking to a sole. He also includes a very interesting insight into his life before being imprisoned which would be worth reading on it's own. If you want to be inspired - read THIS book !!
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Reviewers/Authors keep saying how can TW write so well, ie, being a 'religious' and all that! This is the least of the accomplishments of this book. TW writes for the people in the same way that he was/is a man of the people. What is extraordinary is his ability to ask himself questions throughout his ordeal - and to make meaning of a nightmare experience. TW is able to reflect on his, almost incomprehensible experiences in ways that we can all grasp. I recently used some of his words to end a short psychotherapy presentation on clients who have addictions/dependencies: "So many individuals, after suffering a traumatic experience have to go directly home, and in many instances the strains must be dreadful. Coming out of captivity can be likened to coming up from the sea bed: come up too quickly and the diver suffers the bends. We were given time to return to life at our own pace but, of course, we had all changed..."
This book is gripping, thoughtful and funny. But it is the image of TW's large physical frame being squeezed into a fridge by his captors, that has me shaking my head in disbelief that humans can treat each other in such a way.
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I read this when it was first published and have just read it again. During his captivity, one of the things Terry Waite constantly asks for is a book to read. He is given several but they are few and far between. Then one day a crate is pulled into his room and to his joy, it is full of books, though he is not allowed to help himself. This is my favourite part of his story. Next time I complain about being bored, or the weather, or receiving a cold meal, I shall think of Mr Waite's experience and his endurance. I have to admit to only reading the parts concerned with this captivity but this was because, although very little happens, his experiences are still compulsive reading.
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I have read this book several times. It never ceases to amaze and inspire me how someone who went through such a difficult time can emerge with no regrets and with his sense of humour intact. I've had the pleasure of working with Terry Waite many times, and I have seen how he communicates his story with humility, and with humour. It's a book I remember when I think I am having a bad day - it puts small problems into much broader perspective.
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This account of 4 years in solitary confinement deserved its 5 star rating. Mr Waite performed an extraordinary task writing this from memory in a position of extreme stress. His recall of his early life was interesting and detailed to an extent not many people could equal.
Often he was trying to set out is book while gagged and blindfolded and without pen or paper. Everything he recalled had to be stored in his mind until a few years later on release, he was given study time in hall at Cambridge University as part of his re introduction to civilian life when he could finally write it down. In the process of retelling his experiences we learn that he was mercilessly tortured
and humiliated until finally he was physically becoming weaker and weaker and his lungs could no longer deal with the toxic fumes emanating from an electric generator...everybody probably knows how Terry got his freedom but will not spoil the tale. Read for yourself and learn lessons in survival and remember to appreciate the small pleasures like being able to see a small patch of blue sky. a valuable lesson. Thank you Terry for sharing.
Pauline McGregor Currien
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Terry Waite's biography demonstrates the sheer strength of the human spirit and provides an uplifting account of his survival of the years of hardship. Few could have survived such an ordeal without losing hope and it offers some remarkable insights into the man's strength of character. Surprisingly, the section on his years in confinement is not all doom and gloom. Some of the tales of pranks that he used to play on his captors had me in stitches of laughter. You can just imagine his cheeky grin when the bucket of waste fell off the door and onto the poor guard's head! All in all, a truly inspiring read and a fine tribute to a great man.
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I really enjoyed this book... have a huge amount of respect for Terry after having read it... only criticism I have is that although he told wonderful and interesting stories of his life and explained quite well his time as a hostage, I didn't think he expressed his true feelings very clearly. I had questions for him by the time i'd finished... I guess it's just his way of expressing himself.

But overall a thoroughly good read, well-written and informative.
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A well written book of Mr Waite's incarceration intertwined with his extraordinary life. I found it to be slow in places although enjoyed it immensely. I would however like to learn more about the interaction when he was finally moved into a cell with the remaining hostages.

A truly caring and devout man who again demonstrated these qualities when the BBC reporter Alan Johnston was on the cusp of release. We need more like him.
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