And then for something completely different.
After Unmapped Country and In Her Fashion, the Victorian corsets were beginning to creak – I longed to hear my own voice. So out spake Janey Pullinger. She's mouthy, funny (well she makes me laugh), compassionate and ill-fated.
I have to say it – I love her and I love the story. Part of that euphoria is probably being able to breath again – oxygen whirring round the blood cells – but I did get very involved in some aspects of the research and John Sadler’s story became so real to me that deaths in war zones have become much more personal.
Set when the Iraq war was at its height and Afghanistan was raising its troubled head and yet not just a war story; chronicling Janey’s rocky love life and yet not merely a romance; with more than it’s share of humour, but not a just comedy.
The one thread that ties all this together is, I guess is, the struggle to cope with loss, whatever that loss may be.
To read the First Chapter . . . click here
If you want to know more about life uncover in Iraq or post traumatic stress, I can recommend the following:-
Task Force Black: The explosive true story of the SAS and the secret war in Iraq Mark Urban - British journalist, author, broadcaster and diplomatic and defence editor of BBC Newsnight.
Bravo Two Zero: The true story of an SAS Patrol behind enemy lines in Iraq Andy McNab - English novelist and former SAS operative and soldier.
Coping with Post Trauma Stress Frank Parkinson – consultant, trainer and university lecturer, specialising in coping with stress and trauma.