Hostage: A Year at Gunpoint with Somali Gangsters

Hostage: A Year at Gunpoint with Somali Gangsters


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

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  • Publisher: Mainstream Publishing
  • Format: Paperback | 400 pages
  • Dimensions: 127mm x 198mm x 24mm | 287g
  • Publication date: 22 November 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Edinburgh
  • ISBN 10: 1780575920
  • ISBN 13: 9781780575926
  • Illustrations note: 1 x 8pp b/w
  • Sales rank: 763,050

Product description

On 23 October 2009, British couple Paul and Rachel Chandler were kidnapped from their sailing boat in the archipelago of the Seychelles. Their yacht, Lynn Rival, was recovered six days later by naval forces, abandoned off the central Somali coast. After the attack, Paul and Rachel were taken first onto a previously hijacked merchant ship and then to Somalia, where they were held for over a year, enduring threats and intimidation while their captors tried to extort millions of dollars from their family. In this remarkable book, the Chandlers recount their terrifying ordeal, revealing the inspiring and poignant story behind the dramatic headlines. At the heart of their survival was their unshakeable belief in each other and their determination to survive, making Hostage an unlikely love story; for Paul and Rachel, death, at times, seemed preferable to being separated.

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Author information

Paul Chandler is a Cambridge-educated civil engineer and Rachel Chandler is a former government economist. Both have a passion for sailing and travelling, and honed their seamanship skills over some 30 years in the waters around the UK and the Mediterranean. The couple have enjoyed a part-time sailing lifestyle since retiring in 2005 and recently renewed their cruising adventures after restoring Lynn Rival in Dartmouth, Devon. Sarah Edworthy is an experienced journalist who spent 16 years at the Daily Telegraph and currently writes for a variety of national publications and websites.

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"Provides rare insights into living among the militia in a lawless country" The Times "You won't want to put this book down" Lifeboat "A terrifying story, but also one of strong and resilient love" Daily Mail "A miraculous adventure story ... a page turner" Cruising World "Interesting and very gritty" Sailing Today

Editorial reviews

Interesting and very gritty