Extraordinary personal stories from around the world.

Today, Matthew Bannister meets the former British Army officer posted to Helmand Province to mentor members of the Afghan National Army. Patrick Hennessey's book, Kandak: Fighting with Afghans is published on 6 September 2012.

Also, the book lover from the Philippines who's set up an extraordinary do-it-yourself library in his own house and the homeless Italian man who turned his life around by getting on his bike.

(Image: Patrick Hennessey was a British Army officer stationed in Helmand Province in 2007 to mentor members of the Afghan National Army. Here Patrick is pictured with Qiam Udin one of the commanders in the Afghan National Army)

Available now

28 minutes

Last on

Wed 5 Sep 2012 01:32 GMT

Outlook Inspirations Awards Finalists

Outlook Inspirations Awards

Three amazing people, selected by the judges as the finalists of the awards

Ten Stories Told Through Animation

Take 10: Animations That Bring Radio to Life

From life as a child soldier to a grizzly bear with a fondness for wine.

The Outlook Inspirations 50

The Outlook Inspirations 50

Amazing stories to celebrate Outlook's 50th birthday

The Outlook Podcast

Listen to the Podcast

Favourite stories from across the week, available to download