Posts Tagged ‘War’

In the Time of Madness by Richard Lloyd Parry

Five words from the blurb: Indonesia, violence, cannibalism, besieged, crisis People Who Eat Darkness is my favourite true-crime book so I was excited to read another of Richard Lloyd Parry’s books. Unfortunately In the Time of Madness wasn’t in the same league and I found the brutality too much to bear. In 1997 Richard Lloyd […]

Moffie by André Carl Van Der Merwe

Joint winner of 2012 Green Carnation Prize Five words from the blurb: gay, conscript, army, South Africa, strength Moffie is a beautifully written book about a gay man in the South African army. The novel focuses on Nicholas, a young man forced to fight in the Angolan Bush War. The shocking homophobia of the army […]

The Weight of a Mustard Seed – Wendell Steavenson

The Weight of a Mustard Seed attempts to discover why ordinary people were driven to commit evil acts under the orders of Saddam Hussein. The author,  Wendell Steavenson, is a journalist who travelled to Iraq many times between 2002 and 2005 interviewing the friends and family of General Kamel Sachet; a decorated hero of the Iran-Iraq war and […]