Outbreak

19 September 2021

Outbreak

Number one bestselling author Frank Gardner discusses his latest thriller, Outbreak, which sees MI6 operative Luke Carlton race to contain a deadly contagion.
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Deep within the Arctic Circle, three scientists from the UK’s Arctic Research Station discover a horrifying truth. After trudging through a blizzard, they come across a seemingly abandoned cabin. Taking shelter, it soon becomes clear the cabin wasn’t empty after all and that lives, and the world, will be soon changed by their actions.

In this exciting talk, Frank Gardner will be discussing the third instalment of the Luke Carlton series with Festival Director, Harry Parker. Bringing a story of contamination, heroics, bioweapons, secrecy and much more, Gardner offers a captivating insight into his new book and the wider series, giving us the author’s own perspective on his thrilling characters and stories.

About the speakers

Frank Gardner is the BBC’s Security Correspondent, reporting for television and radio on issues of domestic and international security, notably on Islamist extremist-related terrorism. A fluent Arabist, with a degree in Arabic and Islamic Studies, he was previously the BBC’s Middle East Correspondent based in Cairo, and before that in Dubai. In June 2004, while reporting in Riyadh, Frank and his cameraman, Simon Cumbers, were ambushed by Islamist gunmen. Simon was killed outright, Frank was shot multiple times and left for dead. Against all expectations, he survived and, in 2006, published his acclaimed and bestselling memoir, Blood and Sand.

Awarded an OBE for services to journalism, Frank has also written for the Economist, Sunday Times, Daily Telegraph and Time Out and has been published in The Best of Sunday Times Travel Writing. In 2009, he published Far Horizons, a much-praised account of his life as an inveterate traveller and explorer. His new book, Outbreak, is the third instalment of the Luke Carlton series which began with Crisis in 2017, followed by Ultimatum in 2019.

Harry Parker was educated at Falmouth College of Art and University College London. He joined the British Army when he was 23 and served in Iraq in 2007 and Afghanistan in 2009. He worked in the Foreign Office before writing his debut novel, Anatomy of a Soldier (2016). He is the Creative Director of the Chelsea History Festival and teaches at the Royal Drawing School.

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