• Memoire/Battlefield Memoire

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    Counterpart is a memoir tribute to the lives of two people, Major Ian Smith and Supin Smith, Rorie Smith's father and wife respectively. Written as Smith sorts through his father's possessions it is a reflection on the life of that decorated World War Two hero and those who passed before him, including both Smith's mother and sister, but with his Thai wife Supin; who battled Parkinson's disease for twenty five years being the other main focus.

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    The heart warming story of WW11’s only canine prisoner of war.


    Inspired by a photograph of a beautiful liver and white English pointer being awarded the PDSA Dickin Medal - known as the animal VC - author Damien Lewis decided to research and subsequently write the story of Judy who was regarded as ‘a dog in a million’.
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    Please bear with me on my first book review!!

    This book is based on a love story (or two!) told through letters alone.

    The first part is letters sent between a poet and a fan, that blossoms into love, through the period of the first world war. Then you see letters between a mother and daughter throughout World War II.

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    Some books should be prescribed reading for all of those who have partners/family who have been to war. Or for that matter, politicians – but that is another story. You do not have to be a sufferer of PTSD or combat stress or know someone who has, to appreciate this book.

    It takes a profound degree of honesty and courage to write a book like this; particularly as an officer, and an Australian. The stereotype of macho man does not come much higher than that; and I defy anyone to look at John Cantwell’s face on the front cover and not see the emotional scars wreaked by over thirty years serving his country.

    John Cantwell joined the Australian army as a private and rose through the ranks to become Major General. His personal account of those years, commencing with the First Gulf War and his part in it are, both intensely personal and a very realistic account of the madness, confusion and boredom that can be war. He himself admits that part of the problem, as he perceived it, was that he was only at war, on the ground, for a very short time. Therefore, how on earth, compared to other soldiers going out time and time again in merciless heat, in hostile territory, in Afghanistan, Iraq could he be feeling like this?

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    Among You is the gripping real-life story of a solider serving on the front line in Iraq and Afghanistan, and an unforgettable, unflinching account of the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder.

    Jake wood lives parallel lives: encased in the glass tower of an international investment bank by day, he is also a dedicated TA solider who serves on the front line during the invasion of Iraq, later returning to the war zone to conduct surveillance on insurgents. Disillusioned with the dullness and amorality of the banking world, he escapes back to the army for a third tour of duty. But in Afghanistan he discovers the savage, dehumanising effects that war has on both the body and the mind. And, diagnosed with chronic PTSD on his return, he must now fight the last enemy – himself – in order to exorcise the ghosts of his past.

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