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(Victoria, BC – 24 January 2007) Secondhand copies of a long forgotten memoir by former A-Team actor Dirk Benedict are suddenly in demand in the UK thanks to his appearance in the controversial reality TV show, Celebrity Big Brother.

Originally published in 1987, his little-known book, Confessions of a Kamikaze Cowboy, has shot from nowhere to No. 3 on last week’s bestseller list at – the UK arm of the online marketplace that specializes in used, rare and out-of-print books.

In the book, the former A-Team and Battlestar Galactica actor claims he overcame cancer without surgery through a macrobiotic diet, exercise and fasting. Benedict was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1974 and doctors recommended surgery.

Benedict, who stared as Templeton 'The Faceman' Peck in The A-Team and Starbuck in Battlestar Galactica, penned the book during his 1980s heyday when he was one of the most recognizable actors on television. Benedict is currently living in the Big Brother house and filmed 24 hours a day along with various British celebrities.

Many copies of Confessions of a Kamikaze Cowboy are being offered for sale by used bookshops in the USA and Canada, but Britons are finding them easily on which has a global database of used and rare books.

“This book has been gathering dust in used bookshops for the past 20 years,” said Richard Davies, spokesperson for AbeBooks. “However, Dirk is now very much in the public eye thanks to Big Brother and people want to know more about his life and his experiences in beating cancer.”

Macrobiotic diets involve consuming natural unprocessed food. The book, which also details his acting career, was reprinted in 1991 and 2005.’s top 10 bestsellers for week ending Sunday 21 January

  1. The Insider: Bringing the Kingdom of God into Your Everyday World by Jim Petersen
  2. Dangerous Doses: A True Story of Cops, Counterfeiters, and the Contamination of America's Drug Supply by Katherine Eban
  3. Confessions of a Kamikaze Cowboy by Dirk Benedict
  4. Time to Be in Earnest by P.D. James
  5. Love and War in the Apennines by Eric Newby
  6. The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards
  7. The Chakras by Charles Leadbeater
  8. Turn in the Grave by Bowvayne
  9. Frogs and Other Plays by Aristophanes
  10. Buongiorno Italia! by Joseph Cremona

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