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The Junior Officers' Reading Club : Killing Time and Fighting Wars by Patrick Hennessey
  

The Junior Officers' Reading Club : Killing Time and Fighting Wars

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The Junior Officers' Reading Club is the story of one soldier's experiences in the modern British Army. From the testosterone-heavy training of Sandhurst, into the war-pockmarked, gritty Balkans, out into the nightmare of Iraq and Afghanistan’s Helmand Province. Written in spare and lucid prose, it describes with alarming vividness the frenetic violence of a soldier’s life, and the periods of stifling boredom. This is a very relevant account of a contemporary Army caught between a world that needs it and a society that no longer understands it.

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The Junior Officers' Reading Club : Killing Time and Fighting Wars by Patrick Hennessey

Patrick Hennessey is a graduate in his 20s. He reads Graham Greene, listens to early-90s house on his iPod and watches Vietnam movies. He has also, as an officer in the Grenadier Guards, fought in some of the most violent combat the British army has seen in a generation.

Reviews

"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

"Must rank as the most accomplished work of military witness to emerge from British war-fighting since 1945 Independent Remarkable ... conveys vividly what it's like to experience combat" Jeremy Paxman, Daily Telegraph, Books of the Year

"All politicians need to read honest accounts of war - at no time more than now - and Patrick Hennessey's The Junior Officers Reading Club is one of the very best" David Cameron, Observer, Books of the Year

About the Author

Patrick Hennessey was born in 1982 and educated at Berkhamsted School and Balliol College, Oxford, where he read English. He joined the Army in January 2004, undertaking officer training at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst where he was awarded the Queen's Medal and commissioned into The Grenadier Guards. He served as a Platoon Commander and later Company Operations Officer from the end of 2004 to early 2009 in the Balkans, Africa, South East Asia and the Falkland Islands and on operational tours to Iraq in 2006 and Afghanistan in 2007, where he became the youngest Captain in the Army and was commended for gallantry. Patrick is currently studying to become a barrister and hopes to specialize in conflict and international humanitarian law.

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Book Info

Publication date

27th May 2010

Author

Patrick Hennessey

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Publisher

Penguin Books Ltd

Format

Paperback
368 pages

Categories

Biography / Autobiography
The Real World
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Memoirs
Military life & institutions

ISBN

9780141039268

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