Saturday, October 24, The Beacon, 2.30pm: He is best known as the hostage negotiator who became a hostage himself for a staggering 1,763 days.
But these days life is a lot lighter, and Terry Waite will be heading for The Beacon, Wantage, to tell us about his warm and charmingly funny story The Voyage of The Golden Handshake.
The tale begins on a cold morning in Grimsby, when Albert Hardcastle wakes up to the first day of his retirement. His days of working in a shop are behind him, and he and his wife Alice decide to celebrate by taking the luxury cruise they always dreamed of.
Meanwhile, on the Essex coast, Rear Admiral Sir Benbow Harrington, a retired Royal Navy officer, is trying to assemble a fleet of passenger ships. His newest vessel, The Golden Handshake, is ready for its maiden voyage. At least, that’s what Sir Benbow thinks, and if others disagree, he ignores them.
When Albert and Sir Benbow embark on The Golden Handshake’s first cruise, they encounter characters and experiences more colourful than they could ever have imagined, and meet with triumph and disaster, as well as plenty in between.
Born in Cheshire in 1939, Terry Waite shows an unexpected talent for comic fiction.
He spent many years working for the Anglican Church in East Africa, before being recruited by the Archbishop of Canterbury as an Advisor on his Private Staff.
He negotiated the release of hostages around the world until January 1987, when he himself was taken hostage in Lebanon while negotiating for the release of others. He spent well over four years in solitary confinement until his release in November 1991.
He has since dedicated himself to study, writing, lecturing and humanitarian activities. He is President of Emmaus UK, an international charity working with homeless people, and founder chairman of Hostage, a charity providing support for hostages and their families.
Waite was made a CBE in 1992 and is the author of three previous books: Taken on Trust, Footfalls in Memory and Travels with a Primate. The Voyage of the Golden Handshake is his first novel.
Saturday, October 24. The Beacon. 2.30pm. Ticket: £10.
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