John McCarthy

BBC Security Correspondent, Hostage, Writer, Broadcaster.


As a journalist who was held hostage by terrorists for over five years, John McCarthy CBE is able to share what he learned about human nature and positivity in the face of terrible adversity.

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About John McCarthy


  • Journalist, author and broadcaster
  • Kidnapped and held hostage in Lebanon between April 1986 and 8 August 1991
  • Patron of the charity Freedom from Torture
  • Inspirational and life affirming, McCarthy's exceptional talks are in English, inspiring others to never give up hope

Speaking Topics


  • Freedom in Captivity
  • Recognize and accept change
  • Never to give up hope
  • Life-affirming Laughter

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Books By John McCarthy


  • Some Other Rainbow (with Jill Morrell) (1993)
  • Island Race: Improbable Voyage Round the Coast of Britain (with Sandi Toksvig) (1995)
  • A Ghost Upon Your Path (2003)
  • You Can't Hide the Sun: A Journey through Palestine (2013)

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