High Risk: A True Story of the SAS, Drugs and Other Bad Behaviour (Hardback)
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High Risk: A True Story of the SAS, Drugs and Other Bad Behaviour (Hardback)

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Hardback 256 Pages / Published: 20/05/2021
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From cheating death with the SAS to battling addiction on a remote Scottish island, Ben Timberlake lives life at the extremes and his remarkable story makes for truly exhilarating reading.

This is a dark, raw and uncompromising tale of the human condition in extremis, drawing on the many lives of Ben Timberlake: as an archaeologist, Special Forces soldier, combat medic and drug addict.

Starting with Ben's first near-death experience - in a Nazi-themed bar in wartime Yugoslavia - High Risk is a whirlwind tour of everything from service in the SAS, combat in Iraq, and encounters with a gambling-obsessed 9/11 hijacker, to veterans blissed out on MDMA, hook-ups in the world of extreme sex, and battling a heroin habit on a remote Scottish island.

Ben pursued the rush, and the chase often took him over the edge. Instead of asking why, he asked, why not? Blending confessional narrative, classic reportage and acerbic humour, this memoir takes a gonzo look at terrorists, junkies, soldiers and strippers, through the tale of one extraordinary life.

Publisher: C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd
ISBN: 9781787384637
Number of pages: 256
Dimensions: 216 x 138 mm


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'Funny, chaotic but unexpectedly profound, [High Risk] provides not just a clear-eyed memoir of addiction, but an examination of human behaviour and the reasons why some people choose to put themselves in situations that most others would not.' - Times Magazine

'A damn scary book so of course I loved it. Ben Timberlake makes a neurobiological experiment in a laboratory that I'd advise everyone to stay out of-the self. High Risk is, in a way, the story of a wicked Mr Hyde inventing a serum to transform himself into a reputable Dr Jekyll. Let's hope the serum keeps working.' - P.J. O'Rourke

'A riotous joyride to Hell and back... a life story that sits somewhere between a pilgrimage and a dare. Timberlake's writing hits unexpected, lyrical notes and makes original, illuminating connections. Ferociously smart, startlingly honest and very, very funny.' - Kate Weinberg, novelist and author of The Truants

'An intimate, deep and poignant account of the adrenaline-driven yet toxic nexus of war, sex and drugs, Timberlake's memoir is as disturbing as it is addictively absorbing. A powerful book.' - Lukasz Kamienski, author of Shooting Up: A History of Drugs in Warfare

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“Hunter S Thompson if he had joined the SAS and finally admitted drugs are bad(ish)”

Funny, informative, and thought-provoking. Oft semi-believable about are the military, Middle East, parties, and people are peppered with peer-reviewed insights from cognitive psychologists. To be clear, I don't... More

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