The Junior Officers' Reading Club: Killing Time and Fighting Wars (Paperback)Patrick Hennessey (author)
A powerful and memorable modern classic, Patrick Hennessy’s memoir offers a candid, honest and utterly gripping account of the exhilaration, boredom and horror of life on the front line.
Patrick Hennessey is pretty much like any other member of Generation X: he spent the first half of the noughties reading books at university, going out, listening to house music and watching war films. He also, as an officer in the Grenadier guards, fought in some of the most violent combat the British army has seen in decades.
Telling the story of how a modern soldier is made, from the testosterone-heavy breeding ground of Sandhurst to the nightmare of Iraq and Afghanistan, The Junior Officers' Reading Club is already being hailed as a modern classic.
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 269 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 21 mm
'Soldiers who can write are as rare as writers who can strip down a machinegun in 40 seconds, but Patrick Hennessey is one of the few' - Sunday Times
'High-tempo, full-on... honest and revealing... a memoir brimming with vinegar and testosterone' - Evening Standard
'The military memoir of the moment' - Times
'A very fine book, a powerful dispatch from the front line... what impresses is the sheer candour and immediacy' - Spectator
'An extraordinary memoir... Hennessey has a reporter's eye for detail and a soldier's nose for bullshit' - Guardian
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“Essential reading for shovel patrol. Hua!”
A taut, intensely exciting, and perversely enjoyable first-person account of one young man's five-year stint of military tourism.
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“honest and provocative”
As someone in a similar state of affairs to the author (student wishing to become a young officer in the army) this book immediately struck its appeal with me straight from the shelf. Hennessey recalls with intricate... More
“A first hand experience of war”
A slightly quirky writing style, but it is a first hand report of life in the front line, under fire, killing and hoping not to be killed.
Definitely worth a read.
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