'The most accomplished work of military witness to emerge from British war-fighting since 1945' (Boyd Tonkin)
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.
This is the story of how a modern soldier is made, from the testosterone-heavy breeding ground of Sandhurst to the nightmare of Iraq and Afghanistan. Showing war in all its terror, boredom, and exhilaration, The Junior Officers’ Reading Club is already being hailed as a modern classic.
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A magnificant read! an absolute must read for anyone wishing to join the army or anyone who enjoys smart, funny and poignant reading. a true modern classic in every sense that must be experienced. my favourite part of the book is his experiences of sandhurst, the highs the lows and the beatifully funny accounts of his colour sergeants treatment of the recruits.
A must for all British officers & SNCOs.
I desperately wanted to hate this book, but found it impossible to put down. To read this book is to take a journey through the real life trials & tribulations of a British serviceman, & to tread in the footsteps of some of the most remarkable soldiers in combat history. A compulsory read for all potential officers, & SNCOs.
Not your usual book club
I loved the set out of this book. Shocking, funny and coarse but one of the best accounts of being young in the British army when you are incharge of soldiers. He is brutally honest the fear and frustrations of both his training at Sandhurst and whilst on the frontline. He recounts the hours of hard fighting to clear an area to then pull out. The huge amounts of adrenaline during the first firefight to the boardom of guarding the Remfs, I'll let him explain that to you. I've listened to it several times now and I still love it, I think I'll be listening to it a few more.