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Book of the Month

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A compassionate and compelling read, true insight into life as a solider.



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.

We featured Harry as a Rising Writer back in April 2016, and we think this is so great, we have decided to feature the papeback release as our January book of the month!

Meet the Author - Harry Parker

Harry Parker grew up in Wiltshire and was educated at University College London. He joined the British Army when he was twenty-three and served in Iraq in 2007 and Afghanistan in 2009. He now lives with his wife in London. Harry is also a painter, attends art school, and completed a post-graduate degree at the Royal Drawing School. Harry enjoys sea-kayaking in his spare time.