The Junior Officers' Reading Club

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The Junior Officers' Reading Club: Killing Time and Fighting Wars
Author Patrick Hennessey
Publication date
Media type Hardback
ISBN 978-0-14-103926-8

The Junior Officers' Reading Club: Killing Time and Fighting Wars is a 2009 book by Patrick Hennessey, a former officer in the Grenadier Guards.

It charts his military career, from training at Sandhurst through several campaigns including Iraq and Afghanistan, and vividly describes not only the frenetic violence of a soldier's life, but the periods of stifling and (sometimes) comic boredom, living inside an institution in a state of flux: an Army caught between a world that needs it and a society that no longer understands it.

The author joined the army after completing an English degree at Oxford University.[1] He rose to the rank of captain before leaving the service to become a barrister.[2]

Reading list[edit]

A version of the book published by Penguin Books with a new Afterword in 2010 details the books that were read in "The Junior Officers' Reading Club". The list is as follows:

Title Author ISBN
The Marsh Arabs Wilfred Thesiger ISBN 0-14-144208-5
Dispatches Michael Herr ISBN 978-0-330-25573-8
Chickenhawk Robert Mason ISBN 0-552-12419-2
Saddam Hussein: An American Obsession Andrew Cockburn ISBN 1-85984-422-7
The Utility of Force Rupert Smith ISBN 0-14-102044-X
On War Carl von Clausewitz ISBN 1-85326-482-2
Catch-22 Joseph Heller ISBN 0-09-947046-2
Ice Cold in Alex Christopher Landon ISBN 978-0-304-36625-5
The Count of Monte Cristo Alexandre Dumas ISBN 1-85326-733-3
Don Quixote Miguel de Cervantes ISBN 0-09-946969-3
Kingdom of Fear Hunter S. Thompson ISBN 0-14-101422-9
A Confederacy of Dunces John Kennedy Toole ISBN 0-14-118286-5
The Day of the Locust Nathanael West ISBN 0-14-102365-1
The Rules of Attraction Bret Easton Ellis ISBN 0-330-53634-6
Glamorama Bret Easton Ellis ISBN 0-330-44799-8
Vile Bodies Evelyn Waugh ISBN 0-14-118287-3
Tristram Shandy Laurence Sterne ISBN 1-85326-291-9


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