The Junior Officers Reading Club ( Patrick Hennessey)

Author Event with Old Boy Patrick Hennessey

Friday  15th January

Speaking in Centenary Hall from 1.30pm on: Soldiering in the Modern British Army


Patrick Hennessey, an old boy of the school  (we have the photos to prove it) will be introducing  his book to the sixth form  on Friday 15th January in Centenary Hall,Kings Campus  at 1.30pm. All staff are very welcome to come along.

Copies of the book will be available to  purchase at £16.99 thanks to Chorleywood bookshop   who have kindly agreed to run a book stall during the event.

The book stall will be set up in the foyer of Centenary Hall and will be open from 12.30 –  3pm

His novel  focuses on the life of a modern day soldier ( work and play)  and how the establishment of a Reading Group whilst being  stationed in the Southern Iraqui desert ( of all places) arose.

The book is certainly not for the faint hearted but you would certainly be mistaken in thinking that the readership is specifically for forces or force enthusiasts, in fact the reverse , Patrick has written the book for all readers. As a novice to the forces there is a very useful  glossary of  military terms interspersed with photos and maps of where his team were deployed. Content although naturally focussed on the operations is still  levels above  stilted military and testerone fuelled trigger happy warfare and presents a true ( gritty and lucid) picture of the 21st Century army. Throughout his writing the readers are drawn into the heart of the writing   feeling  the   bond, dependency and the   spirit that develops within the unit  along with the punch of raw emotion when a colleague/friend is wounded with   the  aside of   guilty relief because it wasn’t you  this time round.

Author: Berkhamsted School Library

Main aims for Berkhamsted School Library • to provide a central resource for the whole school curriculum • to encourage an ethos of enquiry and discovery • to assist pupils in becoming confident and independent learners • to develop research and information skills throughout the school • to offer resources which enrich cultural values and experiences for pupils, as well as have a role in their recreational life and promote reading for pleasure as a lifelong activity

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