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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.
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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.
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
But overall a thoroughly good read, well-written and informative.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Present for husband - he seemed pleased with it but I can't comment on content until he begins reading it.Published 7 months ago by Mary McCourt
Terry Waite's account of his capture and survival of more than four years in solitary confinement , chained to a wall most of the time, blindfolded when his captors came into his... Read morePublished 9 months ago by A. J. Studd
This book is quite something.. so glad I read it. A real insight into Terrys life and how he survived.Published 11 months ago by Alisa Bradley
This is a very compelling book. I bought it when it was first published, and still have it. It tells the story of his capture, and the years he endured in a cell. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Greg Chapman
A very good read. To some degree I felt I was sharing Terry's frustration and hopelessness in captivity but nothing like he must have suffered. A truly inspirational man.Published 14 months ago by S. Mills