For Our UK Readers: ‘In Conversation With Al Venter’

Book Signing Event
Thursday 26th May, 6:30 PM

The Frontline Club,
13 Norfolk Place,
London, W2 1QJ

In partnership with the Frontline Club, you are warmly invited to the Book Signing event that will see Al Venter in conversation with journalist John Coster, discussing his experiences of modern African conflicts.

Al Venter

Al Venter’s unusual claim to fame is that, after covering conflicts on almost all continents for near-on five decades, he is still alive. That comes through rather forcefully in his last book, Barrel of a Gun, recently released in the US and Britain by Casemate. Doing a personal tally while writing “Barrel” he discovered that he’d had about a dozen whisker-width scrapes, most of which might have ended otherwise. He puts a lot of it down to luck and a peculiar predilection for regarding the most absurdly dangerous situations as comical, especially when it is anything but. It is all nerves, he admits, but goes on to say that a smile and a bit of banter when the chips really are down, sometimes helps…

Barrel of a Gun

In a more serious vein, Al J. Venter is described by Wikipedia as a war correspondent, documentary filmmaker and author of more than 40 books (45, in fact). He has covered violence and insurrection just about everywhere. Al served as African and Middle East correspondent for Jane’s International Defence Review and has reported on a number of Africa’s bloodiest wars including the Nigerian Civil War, the Ugandan conflict, Rhodesia, the Sudan, Angola, the South African Border War, the Congo as well as Portuguese Guinea and Sierra Leone. In addition he has undertaken three military assignments with Executive Outcomes and a Joint-STAR mission with the United States Air Force over Kosovo. This is a rare and unprecedented opportunity to hear Al speak; expect a searching and revealing evening that will cover blood diamonds, al-Qaeda and the Islamic quest for nuclear weapons.

Al will also be talking about his new book: “Neal Ellis – Helicopter Gunship Pilot: Mercenary”.

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