Frank Gardner is best known as the BBC's security correspondent, the one who was shot and paralysed from the waist down while reporting from Saudi Arabia in 2004. (His photographer was killed.) Here he was ostensibly talking about his latest novel Ultimatum, but in reality everyone simply wanted to know about his career both before and he was wounded.
Gardner is delightfully candid about his life. He doesn't seek sympathy, neither does he try to pretend he wouldn't rather have the use of his legs. But he's clearly grateful for the opportunities he has been given notwithstanding his limitations, including returning to some war zones.
Rebecca Curran, the rising BBC Scotland journalist, chaired the event. She said she was her first time and I thought it showed at times; she started slightly woodenly. I look for interaction between the chair and the author, but at times I felt that they had little in common apart from both working for the BBC as news journalists. She was fine, though, and she'll get better.
The questions from the audience were really wide-ranging. Some were about security, some about his disability, some, inevitably, about Brexit.
This was a good show. The event was sponsored by the family of Frederick Hood, a young man who died in a skiing accident in 2008, and his father spoke in his memory for a while at the end, before presenting Frank Gardner with one of Fred's trademark black fedora hats. It was too big, but as with everything else in his life, Gardner made the most of it.