From war-torn Beirut to Mother Theresa's sitting room, from the bottom of an All Black ruck to under the armpit of a Sumo wrestler, Peter FitzSimons has been there - and sent back the story. ***Basking in Beirut brings together FitzSimon's tantalising travel stories, righteous ragings, encounters with the famous and tales of 'rugga buggas' in a wide-ranging collection of his finest writing. Bob Hawke's greatest sporting moment? It's in this book. How to become a millionaire in Australia? Ditto. The saga of un hold-up in a lost village in the south of France? Look no further. Sometimes pensive, sometimes provocative and often offbeat, ***Basking in Beirut is always entertaining. A current Wallaby who has played seven Rugby Union tests for Australia, FitzSimons lived for five years in Europe, playing rugby and writing stories. Now quadrilingual, he works as a journalist with the ***Sydney Morning Herald, **Wide World of Sports and ***The Today Show, and is a regular guest on ***The Midday Show.