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    DescriptionPatrick Hennessey's "The Junior Officers' Reading Club" is a lucid, witty account of all the horror, boredom and exhilaration of war. Patrick Hennessey is pretty much like any other member of Generation X: he spent the first half of the noughties reading books at university, going out, listening to early-90s house on his iPod and watching war films. He also, as an officer in the Grenadier guards, fought in some of the most violent combat the British army has seen in decades. Telling the story of how a modern soldier is made, from the testosterone-heavy breeding ground of Sandhurst to the nightmare of Iraq and Afghanistan, "The Junior Officers' Reading Club" is already being hailed as a modern classic. "Soldiers who can write are as rare as writers who can strip down a machinegun in 40 seconds". (Christopher Hart, "Sunday Times"). "An extraordinary memoir...Hennessey has a reporter's eye for detail and a soldier's nose for bullshit". (John Shirley, "Guardian"). "High tempo, full-on, honest and revealing". (Patrick Bishop, "Evening Standard"). "The most accomplished work of military witness to emerge from British war-fighting since 1945". (Boyd Tonkin, "Independent"). "Remarkable ...conveys vividly what it's like to experience combat". (Jeremy Paxman, "Daily Telegraph", Books of the Year). Patrick Hennessey (b. 1982) 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.


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    Title
    The Junior Officers' Reading Club
    Subtitle
    Killing Time and Fighting Wars
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Patrick Hennessey
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 368
    Width: 129 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 21 mm
    Weight: 274 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780141039268
    ISBN 10: 0141039264
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21600
    BIC E4L: BIO
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.0A
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DBK
    BIC subject category V2: BM, JWT
    DC22: 355.0092
    BISAC V2.8: BIO026000
    BIC subject category V2: 1DBK
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027000
    Thema V1.0: DNC, JWT
    Illustrations note
    Illustrations, maps
    Publisher
    Penguin Books Ltd
    Imprint name
    Penguin Books Ltd
    Publication date
    05 December 2010
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    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.
    Review quote
    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 Outstanding ... A classic of its kind William Boyd, Sunday Herald, Books of the Year Harrowing and frequently funny ... sparkles with wit, wisdom and boyish glee ... His generation owns the war Times 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 An engaging mix of war reporting, stream of consciousness and reflections on the nature of conflict in the twenty-first century Caroline Moorehead, Spectator, 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 A vivid account of a rollercoaster tour of duty ... testosterone-charged, expletive-splattered Phil Jacobson, Daily Mail A compelling read ... Hennessey's book ought to be read by all officers that have yet to experience combat ... He has written an important portrait of contemporary warfare and the nature of battle - a portrait that can claim a line of descent from Sassoon's Memoirs of an Infantry Officer Will Pike, British Army Review An honest acknowledgment of the darkness within us, of the unwelcome emotions that combat can bring about ... Smart and funny ... The Junior Officers' Reading Club is a humdinger -- Jonathan Yardley Washington Post