Frank Gardner is the BBC’s fulltime security correspondent covering global security stories from the Arctic to Afghanistan to Yemen to Colombia. He holds a degree in Arabic and Islamic Studies and served as an Infantry Officer in the British Army Reserve. In 2004 he was shot six times by terrorists while on assignment in Saudi Arabia but survived with major injuries. He was awarded an OBE by The Queen for Services to Journalism and voted Journalist of the Year. He has written five bestselling books including his autobiography Blood and Sand describing his years living in the Middle East. His last novel Outbreak was published in paperback in January.