Ex-soldier Harry Parker, who lost his legs in Afghanistan, has written a war novel with a difference
“It’s quite a weird book, isn’t it?” suggests Harry Parker in his publisher’s office on a grey Tuesday morning. “Weird” may be overstating things, but Anatomy of a Soldier feels like a new take on the war novel. Following characters from both sides of an unnamed conflict, it’s told from the point of view of various inanimate objects (a bike, dog tags, a bag of fertiliser). The effect is both disorienting and captivating.
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Anatomy of A Soldier will be published in the UK by Faber in March and in the US by Knopf in May.