win prizes desmond elliott 2017
Search our site
Are You Sleeping by Kathleen Barber Read the opening extract of the brand new Kathleen Barber book before its publication on 27/12/2017

Anatomy of a Soldier by Harry Parker
  

Anatomy of a Soldier

Literary Fiction   Debuts of the Month   eBook Favourites   eBook Favourites   
Download an extract Discuss on Facebook Discuss this book on our Literary Contemporary Facebook group Share this book

Lovereading view...

One of our Books of the Year 2016.

A stunning concept where 41 inanimate objects relate the story of a soldier, Captain Tom Barnes. From training, through Afghanistan and a land mine that leaves him an amputee to his rehabilitation, mending and eventual accepting of prosthetic limbs. Powerful, heartbreaking, hypnotic and very unusual, we see the soldier’s life and that of a couple of local lads, one whose father helps the ‘infidels’ and one an insurgent. All three fates are tragically linked. The objects the author chooses to speak to us are interestingly chosen. We have the obvious such as odd bits of kit and surgical equipment but also get the mundane such as Tom’s mother’s red handbag, the razor he uses to tidy himself up with for his grandparents visit, a photo, a letter, money used by the military as compensation, the carpet the local family sit on and, I’ve said 34 others. It is highly intriguing and surprisingly tender. ~ Sarah Broadhurst

March 2016 Debut of the Month.

If you like Harry Parker you might also like to read books by Brian Turner, Tim O'Brien and Kevin Powers.

The Good Pilot, Peter Woodhouse by Alexander Mccall Smith

One very lucky winner will receive a signed copy by Alexander McCall Smith of his latest novel, The Good Pilot, Peter Woodhouse. To have a chance of winning this fantastic prize, click the button below. Please note that this draw is open only for UK residents and is free to enter, multiple entries from the same email address will only be counted once.

The draw closes on 4 January 2018. The winner will be notified by 15th January 2018,

Good luck!

Enter prize draw Draw closes: 04/01/2018

Synopsis

Anatomy of a Soldier by Harry Parker

Captain Tom Barnes is leading British troops in a war zone. Two boys are growing up there, sharing a prized bicycle and flying kites, before finding themselves separated once the soldiers appear in their countryside. On all sides of this conflict, people are about to be caught up in the violence, from the man who trains one boy to fight the infidel invaders to Barnes' family waiting for him to return home. We see them not as they see themselves, but as all the objects surrounding them do: shoes and boots, a helmet, a trove of dollars, a drone, that bike, weaponry, a bag of fertilizer, a medal, a beer glass, a snowflake, dog tags, an exploding IED and the medical implements that are subsequently employed. Anatomy of a Soldier is a moving, enlightening and fiercely dramatic novel about one man's journey of survival and the experiences of those around him. Forty-five objects, one unforgettable story. A brilliant book, direct from the battle zone.

Reviews

'A brilliant book, direct from the battle zone.' Edna O'Brien

'Compassionate and compelling ...The language has a clarity about it that elevates it to the beautiful.' Kate Hamer

'A tour de force ...It feels like war through the looking glass but it is utterly real.' Nadeem Aslam

About the Author

Harry Parker

Harry Parker grew up in Wiltshire. He was educated at Falmouth College of Art and University College London. He joined the British Army when he was 23 and served in Iraq in 2007 and Afghanistan in 2009 as a Captain. He is now a writer and artist and lives in London.

Author photo credit Gemma Day

More books by this author
Author 'Like for Like' recommendations

Loading similar books...
Loading other formats...

Book Info

Publication date

25th February 2016

Author

Harry Parker

More books by Harry Parker
Author 'Like for Like'
    recommendations
Loading twitter updates...

Publisher

Faber & Faber

Format

Hardback
320 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
Debuts of the Month
eBook Favourites
eBook Favourites

Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780571325818

Lovereading recommends, honestly reviews and promotes books-what more can I say?!

Rachel Bridgeman

Ever purchased a book, read a few pages & thought I'm not going to enjoy this? Honest book reviews mean you'll never have that problem again

Jill Peters

At Lovereading there are fabulous books available in every genre, with great reviews to help you pick the right book for you.

Teresa O'Halloran

I love Lovereading because of its ability to connect people that love books & unite them in a friendly, stimulating & interesting community.

Megan Olwen William

I 'Lovereading' because it lets me see what new books are around with a detailed synopsis and readers' reviews.

Judith Sharp

My horizons have been broadened by some of the books I have been lucky to review and I expect it to be no different in the future.

Daran Bellingham

It's a lively, independent website with reviews, recommendations and more - with a huge range of books available to buy in all formats.

Alison Layland

A well laid out site, I love the fact that is separates paranormal fiction from fantasy and horror, which other sites don't.

Jen Rainbow

Lovereading4kids

Lovereading4schools