What it’s like to be a hostage and the positive after-effects!

Anthony Grey, former EDP journalist, working then for Reuters, was the only British journalist in Beijing at the height of the Cultural Revolution. In 1967, he became the first international hostage of the modern era, ‘courtesy’ of the Red Guards.

This new paperback edition of The Hostage Handbook, contains the verbatim secret shorthand diary of Anthony Grey’s two-year ordeal in solitary confinement China. The Tagman Press (Norwich) published the book on 11 April to mark the 45th anniversary of a profound metaphysical experience during his confinement. And in extensive  “Reflections” interleaved between the diary entries, Anthony Grey now writes about it for the first time, explaining how it has had an enduring impact on his subsequent life as an international best-selling author, broadcaster and publisher. He says he now sees the experience as “a huge delayed action privilege”.

Anthony Grey first returned to China in 1988 to make a TV documentary film for the BBC and the Foreign Ministry in Beijing welcomed him to a small banquet as “an old friend of China”.

He now lives in his home city of Norwich.


The Hostage Handbook, price £14.50, is available from
The Tagman Press, t 0845 6444186,