A Year at Gunpoint with Somali Pirates
By Paul Chandler, By Rachel Chandler, By Sarah Edworthy


384 Pages, 5.3125 x 8.5

Formats: Trade Paper, PDF, EPUB, Mobipocket

Trade Paper, $15.95 (US $15.95) (CA $17.95)

ISBN 9781613744420

Rights: US, CA & MX

Chicago Review Press (Sep 2012)


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A terrifying true story of a couple who was taken prisoner by pirates and lived to tell the tale
On October 23, 2009, Paul and Rachel Chandler were kidnapped from their sailing boat in the Seychelles, an archipelago in the Indian Ocean. Their yacht, Lynn Rival, was recovered six days later by naval forces, abandoned off the central Somali coast, almost 1,000 miles away.            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, intimidation, solitary confinement, and even whippings while their captors tried to extort millions of dollars from their middle-class family.            In this remarkable book, the Chandlers recount their terrifying ordeal, day by day, revealing the inspiring and poignant story behind the dramatic headlines. At the heart of their survival was their unshakable belief in each other and their determination to survive. It is this that makes Hostage an unlikely love story—for Paul and Rachel, death at times seemed preferable to being separated.


"Particularly well-written: taut, tense, [and] very gritty."  —Sailing Today  

"[A] gripping account . . . This is a deeply moving story of stoicism, pride, and resilience with a happy ending worthy of a Hollywood film."  —Jimmy Cornell, author, World Cruising Routes, Noonsite

Author Biography

Paul Chandler is a Cambridge-educated civil engineer. Rachel Chandler is a former government economist. Sarah Edworthy is a journalist who has worked for the Daily Telegraph, Harpers & Queen, the London Daily News, and Times. She cowrote The Daily Telegraph Formula One Years, El Macca: Four Years at Real Madrid, and My Championship Year.