Are you a great reader? I wouldn't say that I am, particularly. I've got Simpson's other two books at home and I haven't even touched them yet. I love medieval history, anything about the Crusades, especially Terry Jones's books. I don't read much fiction, but actually a very close runner-up for my book that changed me is Pat Barker's Regeneration. It's the first book in a trilogy, but again, I haven't read the other two. It was so easy to read, which is great for me, and again it passes the toilet test. I've not got the skill to write like that, I know I haven't, so the quality of the writing didn't make much impact on me, but what I thought was great was the story. Sassoon has become a hero of mine, and I've now read Memoirs of an Infantry Officer and Memoirs of a Fox- Hunting Man. He was a homosexual, and that was an absolute no-no at the time; he really cared about his men, so there's the class thing, and he admitted that he really didn't have a problem with killing Germans, he just disagreed with the reason for killing them. He could have got out of the war by claiming shell-shock but instead he made a stand against the establishment. Big bollocks to do that!
! Andy McNab's novel is 'Remote Control', Bantam pounds 16.99Reuse content