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Brian Keenan John McCarthy BETWEEN EXTREMES First Edition Double Signed

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First edition, first print hardback published by Bantam Press / Transworld Publishers Ltd in 1999. Signed by Keenan and McCarthy on the title page
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First edition, first print hardback of BETWEEN EXTREMES by Brian Keenan and John McCarthy and published by Bantam Press/ Transworld Publishers Ltd., London in 1999. Signed by Keenan and McCarthy on the title page.

The book is in very good condition (Clean dark blue cloth boards with silver lettering on spine) with only minor wear to the pictorial dust jacket which is not price clipped (light creasing to the edges). Internally, the pages are clean and tight and there are no tears and no other inscriptions.

As a journalist in television news John McCarthy was sent on his first foreign assignment to Beirut in 1986 aged twenty-nine. His career was abruptly cut short by militiamen who kidnapped and held him captive for five and half years.

Since his release he has written four books - Some Other Rainbow (with Jill Morrell), about his hostage years, Island Race (with Sandi Toksvig), an account of their circumnavigation of Britain, and Between Extremes (with Brian Keenan), a journey through Chile and his latest, A Ghost Upon Your Path. John McCarthy continues to work in both radio and television.

Brian Keenan is a writer and poet. An Evil Cradling is the story of his four years' captivity in Beirut and is recognized as a non-fiction classic. He is also the author of a travel book, Between Extremes with John McCarthy, and a novel, Tullough.

"In 1986 Brian Keenan and John McCarthy were forced to take a journey without maps. For the next four years they were incarcerated in a Lebanese dungeon. From the blank outlook of a tiny cell, with only each other and a few volumes of an ancient American encyclopaedia to sustain them, they could only wander the wide open spaces of their imagination. To displace the ugly confines of their existence, they envisaged walking in the High Andes and across the wastes of Patagonia.

Five years after their return Brian and John chose to travel together again to see how the reality of Chile matched their imagination and to revisit their past experiences. They journeyed by every means available through vast empty deserts, verdant plains and barren tundra. Between Extremes is the story of that journey which once more found them far from home, in an unfamiliar landscape, but which for the first time allowed them to live by their own rules."

'One of the funniest and most moving testaments to friendship that one is likely to read' - Stuart Wavell The Sunday Times

'Such an absorbing subject, so deeply and warmly expressed' - Sara Wheeler Daily Telegraph

'The best travel book I've read so far this year' - Pete Carthy Time Out

'They take us every step of the way with a wonderfully infectious joie de vivre' - Independent on Sunday

'Such a vivid and inspiring odyssey that captivated readers will be spurred into booking flights to Chile...Fun glows from every page even in wretched times' - Irish Independent

344 pages. Illustrated with colour photographs.

ISBN: 0593 042646

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  • Condition:
    Used
  • Product Code:
    2306
  • Weight:
    0.76kg
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