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Long Way Home by Dan Jarvis

Long Way Home: Love, life, death, and everything in between

Dan Jarvis

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Imprint: Little, Brown
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publication date: 5 Mar 2020
ISBN: 9781408710722

A deeply emotional combination of grief memoir and soldier's story.

3 stars out of 5
Christopher Stevens
2 Apr 2020

"It has taken Dan Jarvis a long time to open his ‘coping box’. He deserves great credit for it."

At 14, Dan and his brother were dumped on a deserted Scottish island and left to fend for themselves overnight. That sort of treatment seems odd for a middle-class family in Nottingham, so more depth about his childhood would have been welcome. Instead, much of the book is devoted to the horrors of war against the Taliban in Afghanistan, in particular his posting in 2007 in command of a Special Forces Support Group: Paras, Royal Marines and the SAS. He is unsparing about the difficulties of working with Afghan troops, who were often fearless fighters, but might also be Taliban double agents.