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YPFP London Words and Wires Series: Patrick Hennessey, KANDAK Fighting with Afghans

February 05, 2013 06:30 pm


Committee Room 16
House of Commons
SW1A 0AA London
United Kingdom


YPFP London Words and Wires Series: Patrick Hennessey, KANDAK Fighting with Afghans

This event is open everyone.


Event description: YPFP London is delighted to invite you to meet Patrick Hennessey, author of:  KANDAK Fighting with Afghans, a vivid, powerful personal account of cultural clashes and vivid friendships formed under fire with the Afghan army.


‘Soldiers who can write are as rare as writers who can strip down a machinegun in forty seconds, but Patrick Hennessey is one of the few’ The Sunday Times


When Patrick Hennessey returned home from Afghanistan, battle-worn, exhilarated, unsure if he'd see anything like it in his life again, he left behind him bands of friendship forged in the heat of the moment between living and dying. The comrades he left furthest behind were Qiam, Syed and Majhib. They are still there in the dust and heat of Helmand, soldiers fighting for their homeland. KANDAK is the story of how these lasting bonds were made.

Written in the spare and lucid prose of The Junior Officers' Reading Club, Patrick Hennessey tells of their comically bad first meetings, the mutual suspicion, incomprehension and cultural divides that characterise early interactions between British and Afghan soldiers, to the moments under fire when those divides can sometimes cross chaos and culture shocks to turn into brotherhood. An account of friendship and loss, of warriors and soldiers, KANDAK explores the reasons men pick up the sword, and how in the intensity of battle, unlikely alliances can be formed.


Speaker profile:

Patrick Hennessey was born in 1982 and educated at Berkhamsted School and Balliol College, Oxford, where he read English. On leaving university he joined the Army and served from 2004 to 2009 as an officer in The Grenadier Guards. In between guarding towers, castles and palaces he worked in the Balkans, Africa, South East Asia, the Falkland Islands and deployed on operational tours of Iraq and Afghanistan. On leaving the Army he wrote his first book The Junior Officers' Reading Club, a memoir of a brief but eventful stint in uniform. He is now a barrister.


***We are pleased to announce copies of the book are available at the event at just £10, a 40% saving off RRP***

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