‘Prepare for your blood to boil…’

Delighted to read a review by Sally Oldaker in ‘The Village’ magazine:

‘The book skips back and forth as Eldred recounts his earlier exploits and awaits court-martial.

‘The present-tense, first-person narrative device really thrusts readers into the heart of the story, with vivid descriptions of the confusing array of cruel and capricious chieftains and the exotic lands that quickly turn from paradise to nightmare.

‘Prepare for your blood to boil as Eldred is used as a pawn in the hands of his arrogant superiors….. You’ll be angry, you’ll be sad that the lessons of history have still not been learnt, but you’ll also be entertained by this well-written and researched book. Don’t Google Eldred’s fate – read this and find out for yourself.

There’s also a write-up in the Stratford Herald. Many thanks to both these publications.

 

Afghanistan’s daily tragedy

The BBC’s foreign correspondent Lyse Doucet says the unending war in Afghanistan is ‘the deadliest conflict in the world’ after 2,307 people were killed in just one month.

The death toll for August 2019 is, it seems, typical for a country which is rarely at peace. This isn’t a new phenomenon – in the days of Eldred Pottinger it was divided into warring factions even though most people supposedly shared the same religion.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-49662640