The Junior Officer's Reading Club

  • by Patrick Hennessey
  • Narrated by Patrick Hennessey
  • 9 hrs and 0 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

'The most accomplished work of military witness to emerge from British war-fighting since 1945' (Boyd Tonkin)
Patrick Hennessey is a graduate in his 20s. He reads Graham Greene, listens to early-90s house on his iPod and watches Vietnam movies. He has also, as an officer in the Grenadier Guards, fought in some of the most violent combat the British army has seen in a generation.
This is the story of how a modern soldier is made, from the testosterone-heavy breeding ground of Sandhurst to the nightmare of Iraq and Afghanistan. Showing war in all its terror, boredom, and exhilaration, The Junior Officers' Reading Club is already being hailed as a modern classic.

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What the Critics Say

"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 bullshitAn extraordinary memoir . . . Hennessey has a reporter's eye for detail and a soldier's nose for bullshit." (Guardian)
"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." (Books of the Year, Observer)
"Outstanding . . . A classic of its kind." (William Boyd, Books of the Year, Herald)

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Customer Reviews

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As expected.

This is a must.

As a former NCO, and subsequently commissioned Officern the British Army, this purchase was a no-brainer.

Patrick Hennessey delivers the book in such a beautifully 'Army' manner you could close your eyes and feel you are back in an 'O Group' (orders group).
His delivery is filled with charm and a boyish bounce which is often in stark contrast the the content.
You feel every ounce of his emotions, yet his stiff upper lip approach fills you with confidence that he is a good Infantry Officer. The type you'd fight for.

In contrast to your SAS war hero book, Hennessey delivers his heart in a way the kit monsters from the Regiment do not.
He would be a charming dinner and drinks companion and someone with whom you could chat away with for hours.

This is an absolute must.
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- Matthew

Life on and off the 'Golden Square'

Excellent book, I would love to fault it but I cannot. Having attended RMAS at around this time I can recognise a lot of the individuals and the author has been true to their characters. The book was read in an easy, relaxed way which was great to listen to and one that brought it to life. Strongly recommended to any current serving officer or recently engaged, it will make you laugh, cringe and cry,a must buy if your about to go on tour as it will take you to a much nicer place.
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- Hamish

Book Details

  • Release Date: 27-05-2010
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd