anatomy soldierSavouring every word in this compelling debut I am not sure I am going to do it justice when trying to describe to you how good it is. If we were standing in the bookshop I would just say to you, “Buy this book, you have to read it.”

Anatomy of a Soldier is a moving, enlightening and dramatic novel about one man’s journey of survival and the experiences of those around him. Told through the forty-five objects that Tom comes into contact with, Parker uses these to tell the story of people, places, countries, love and death. This is a merging of the tangible with the non-tangible and with Parker getting the pain and loss across to the reader.

The passages of the story about the bomb, in the hospital or learning to walk again are the most vivid and heart-breaking to read, written with passion and feeling. By telling the story from both sides of this unnamed conflict your preconceptions of war and an enemy are challenged

A stunning debut novel that shows that lays bare the waste of war and is a new way of writing about an ancient subject.

Faber/£14.99/ 9780571325818

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