Amanda Lindhout and Nigel Brennan
Amanda Lindhout and Nigel Brennan

Journalist kidnapped with Bundy man tells her tale

THE Canadian journalist kidnapped and held hostage in Somalia with Bundaberg photographer Nigel Brennan has told her story for the first time in a book to be released next week.

Amanda Lindhout and Mr Brennan were held hostage for 15 months after being taken captive by a group of young men seeking exorbitant ransom for their release.

Ms Lindhout's book, A House in the Sky, tells the tale of the woman who left her job as a cocktail waitress in Calgary and carved out a career as a television reporter in war-ridden Afghanistan and Iraq.

In August 2008, Ms Lindhout along with former NewsMail photographer Nigel Brennan travelled to Somalia only to be abducted on their fourth day by a group of masked men along a dusty road.

The pair were held hostage for 460 days and subjected to unimaginable conditions and treatment.

Mr Brennan released a book, The Price of Life, in June 2011 which detailed the ordeal from his point of view and that of his family who worked tirelessly to free him.

Ms Lindhout's book, A House in the Sky, reveals the horror she was subjected to by her captors who raped, beat and starved her during the ordeal.

Her book has already received rave reviews on goodreads.com with a 4.76 star rating out of five stars.

Reviewers described the book as "impossible to put down", "a story of courage, resilience, and extraordinary grace", "compelling and brutally honest" and "absolutely gripping, harrowing and unforgettable".

A House in the Sky goes on sale next Tuesday.



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