Hostage: A Year at Gunpoint with Somali Pirates

Hostage: A Year at Gunpoint with Somali Pirates


By (author) Paul Chandler, By (author) Rachel Chandler, With Sarah Edworthy

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  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press
  • Format: Paperback | 384 pages
  • Dimensions: 137mm x 213mm x 20mm | 454g
  • Publication date: 1 September 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Chicago, IL
  • ISBN 10: 1613744420
  • ISBN 13: 9781613744420
  • Edition: 1
  • Sales rank: 1,948,454

Product description

On October 23, 2009, Somali pirates kidnapped Paul and Rachel Chandler from their sailing boat, the "Lynn Rival," in the Seychelles, an archipelago in the Indian Ocean. In this remarkable memoir, the Chandlers recount their terrifying ordeal, revealing the inspiring and poignant story behind the dramatic headlines. The book chronicles the aftermath of the attack, and how the Chandlers' captors held them in Somalia for more than a year while trying to extort millions of dollars from their middle-class family. It goes on to describe how despite enduring threats, intimidation, solitary confinement, and even whippings, their unshakable belief in each other and their determination to survive sustained them. With its detailed, day-to-day account of the experience of being held captive by pirates, this unique and inspiring story will resonate with travelers the world over.

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Author information

Paul Chandler is a Cambridge-educated civil engineer. Rachel Chandler is a former government economist. Sarah Edworthy is a journalist who has worked for the Daily Telegraph, Harpers & Queen, the London Daily News, and Times. She cowrote The Daily Telegraph Formula One Years, El Macca: Four Years at Real Madrid, and My Championship Year.

Review quote

"A miraculous adventure story . . . a fascinating, no-frills account. . . . This raw, cautionary tale [is] a page-turner." --"Cruising World"