John McCarthy CBE
Agent: Mark Lucas
John McCarthy has worked as a journalist since leaving university. His life was dramatically changed when he was abducted, on his first foreign assignment, by Lebanese militants and held hostage for 1,943 days.
Subsequently, this terrifying experience was explored in John’s best-selling book Some Other Rainbow (co-written with Jill Morrell, Corgi, 1995) and in the film Blind Flight.
His other books are (with Brian Keenan) Between Extremes (Black Swan, 2000), Island Race (with Sandi Toksvig, BBC Books, 1995), A Ghost Upon Your Path (Black Swan, 2003) and You Can’t Hide The Sun (Black Swan, 2013).
Alongside his writing John has pursued a broadcast career, with many of his programmes reflecting his knowledge of and interest in travel, religion and history. He’s worked for the BBC, ITV, Sky Arts and Al Jazeera, and television include Out of the Shadows, It Ain’t Necessarily So, Faultlines, Island Race, The Art of Faith, God’s Business and Britain’s Secret Treasures.
BBC radio series include, amongst others, John McCarthy’s Bible Journey, A Place Called Home, Excess Baggage, God of War, God of Peace, Saturday Live, The Child Preachers, Heart and Soul, Behind Enemy Lines, In a Prince’s Footsteps, Kurdistan: A State of Uncertainty and Good Morning Sunday.
He is Patron of Freedom From Torture, and has been awarded an Honorary D.Litt from Hull and the CBE.