Pink Camouflage: One soldier's story from trauma and abuse to resilience and leadership (Hardback)
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Pink Camouflage: One soldier's story from trauma and abuse to resilience and leadership (Hardback)

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Published: 01/03/2024
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Her husband found her by the roadside, delirious and choking on her own vomit.

Gemma Morgan was 33, happily married with two young children, an outstanding army service record and a first-class international sporting career. But underneath she was a wreck, surviving on a cocktail of vodka, valium and sleeping pills.

Misogyny, sexual abuse and toxic masculinity had been the daily realities of her Army career long before being deployed unarmed and unsupported to the blood and mayhem of a war zone.

When Gemma gave birth to a baby girl, motherhood left her lost and alienated, a soldier who had deliberately suppressed her femininity with no idea how to cope.
Together, these experiences triggered a mental crisis that left her suicidal, battling PTSD, betrayed and abandoned by the institution to which she had devoted seven years of her life.

With the support of her family Gemma has since been on a long, hard and bumpy road to recovery. This is her story in her own words. She has told it to inspire others, especially those who have been affected by the toxic and coercive leadership culture that continues to pervade the British Army. 

Publisher: Luath Press Ltd
ISBN: 9781804251232
Number of pages: 192


MEDIA REVIEWS

This is a fascinating insight into a macho, male-dominated world where reality is so grotesquely distorted from the public perception. Read it, believe it, because sometimes the truth is far more incredible than fiction. TERRY BUTCHER, Captain of the England Football TeamA shocking read. This is a wake-up call. PAULA EDWARDS, CEO, Salute Her UKBrutal and difficult to stomach. Gemma demonstrates the very best of what it means to serve and protect the freedom of others. MANDY BOSTWICK, Trauma Pyschotherapist Read this and talk to your loved ones. Perhaps Gemma's greatest service to her country will be in sharing her story. While the horrors of war will always create casualties, is the betrayal by her military leaders that stands out as the deeper wound. LIEUTENANT-COLONEL DIANE ALLEN OBE, RET'DGemma inspires with powerful vulnerability. She challenges what is means to be a strong leader and has taught me a great deal about finding resilience even in the toughest of times. GARETH MALONE OBE, TV Presenter & MusicianTestimonials on Gemma Morgan:Gemma’s story and her experience of leadership and resilience is inspirational, candid and rousing. Her ability to connect with her audience and provide a forum for open conversation was superb. MELANIE RICHARDS, Vice Chair KPMG LLPGemma speaks with powerful vulnerability – you could hear a pin drop. JODIE KIDD, Model, Racing Driver and TV PersonalityGemma's depth of understanding, experience and empathy are a powerful combination for anyone serious about performance improvement. ANDY FLOWER OBE, Former Head Coach, England CricketGemma made a pivotal impact to our record-breaking medal haul at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. She models a unique mix of thought-provoking honesty, empathy and robust humility. We are indebted to her wealth of experience and practical insight. GERAINT RICHARDS, Performance Director, GB Wheelchair TennisGemma is an inspiration as a leader, as a colleague and as a person. Professional to the extreme and hugely personable, she is passionate about effectively empowering talented people. She understands the complexities of corporate life and the adaptability required in a fast-paced performance environment. Put these characteristics together and you get a top-notch result. VICTORIA WENTWORTH CEO, Agria UKGemma's insights into our 'human condition' and in particular the challenges of leading under extreme pressure have a profound effect on all those involved. GORDON LORD, Head of Professional Coach Development RFUGemma establishes instant rapport and credibility which rapidly breaks down barriers, gains a real honest buy-in and ensures everyone gets stuck into the development process. STUART SUTTON, Chief Executive Officer, Infinity SDC LimitedGemma is compassionate and empathetic. She listens, questions, challenges and advises - calling upon a wealth of knowledge. Experience and wisdom in the fields of high performance and leadership across a range of environments. DAVID PARSONS, Performance Director, England Netball

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“Raw, honest and inspiring – a story of triumph over adversity.”

Professional soldier, international sportswoman, top leadership specialist, inspirational public speaker – but behind all this is an, in parts, harrowing tale of abuse and trauma which make Gemma’s achievements all... More

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“Honest, gripping and deeply personal but above all truly shocking.”

"Pink Camouflage" is a gripping and deeply personal account of Gem Morgan's journey through the complexities of military life, trauma, and the battle for self-discovery. Gem's narrative is both raw... More

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“It will truly leave you gasping for air, but it will also instil a fierce resilience within your soul.”

An incredibly raw vulnerability runs through this book. Gemma’s skill with words alone is testament to the person she has built herself to be, even through the undeniable storm she has and continues to weather. Whilst... More

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