This short, diary-style novel, by a British army veteran chronicles the difficulties faced by Tommy, a 23-year-old squaddie, as he desperately tries to conquer post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) - shell shock. His over-emotional responses to the stresses of everyday life - post-office queues, a trip to Ikea, and his relationship with his family and girlfriend - eventually lead to alienation and suicidal urges. Told in the vernacular, with humour and personal understanding, the story highlights the work of the charity Combat Stress in rehabilitating returning troops. GBP1 from the sale of every copy will be donated to the charity. Neil Blower served for five years with the Royal Tank Regiment, taking part on operations in Kosovo and the 2003 Invasion of Iraq. He is studying for a degree in English Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Salford. This is his first novel.
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