Anatomy of a Soldier
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Winner of the Waverton Good Read Award 2017
Shortlisted for the Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award 2017
Shortlisted for the Goldsboro Books Glass Bell Award 2017
Imagine if your whole life changed in the blink of an eye . . .
Captain Tom Barnes is leading British troops into a war zone when he is gravely injured by an exploding IED. This devastating moment and the transformative months that follow are narrated here by forty-five objects, telling one unforgettable story.
A great novel: a defining work . . . It will be read with wonder, with respect and with gratitude.
Surprising and daring . . . Inanimate objects tell the story of a soldier’s catastrophic tour of Afghanistan and its aftermath. It sounds odd but it’s entirely engaging, thought provoking and moving.
It is a novel of concentrated ferocity and chilling accomplishments, tense and unflinching but alive to every nuance of feeling.
Impressive, starkly different . . . a poignant and humbling piece of writing.
Viscerally authentic . . . compelling and ultimately moving.
Ambitious ... [takes] its readers far beyond the limits of the conventional war memoir.
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