The Hostage Handbook: The Inspiring Secret Diaries of a Two-year Solitary Ordeal in China

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The highly-charged diaries of the first western hostage of the modern era, published verbatim for the first time, some forty years after his release. Recorded secretly in shorthand, the diaries chronicle two years of solitary confinement in the heart of Beijing during the chaotic Cultural Revolution, which resulted in three million deaths. A key part of the author's fight against isolation and despair, they describe the psychological battle for survival all hostages face - and show how keeping a diary can help face up to many hardships. Interspersed with reflections on how Anthony Grey sees the ordeal today - as 'a delayed-action privilege'- and how the experience changed his life.

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Anthony Grey became a foreign correspondent with Reuters after a career in provincial journalism. He reported the Cold War from East Berlin, Prague, Warsaw, Budapest, Sofia and Bucharest before being assigned to China in early 1967 to cover the Cultural Revolution. He became the focus of worldwide headlines for two years when seized as a hostage by Mao Tse-tungs's Red Guards. Since his release he has gone on to establish himself as a radio and television broadcaster, an international bestselling novelist translated into 17 languages, an after dinner speaker and an independent publisher (see www.anthony-grey.co.uk for more details).

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'The Hostage Handbook has much in common with The Diary of Anne Frank. It covers a similar period of time - two years and two months - and I believe it will also inspire in the same way, the many people who read it.' John Clements, author of the self-help guide book Aspire to Greatness. 'It is a remarkably human and inspiring document. While still a prisoner he thought this was a completely wasted period of his life. Now as so often happens when human beings are faced with extreme deprivation, he has turned it into a remarkable achievement.' Joyce Dunbar, author of The Monster Who Ate Darkness. 'An important document at a time when hostage-taking has become so frequent as to be almost commonplace in some parts of the world... Its author emerges as a man of extraordinary courage, resilience and strength of character - but also of remarkable modesty.' Vergil Berger, former Reuters bureau chief in Beijing.

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