Captain Tom Barnes is leading British troops in a war zone. Two boys are growing up there sharing a prized bicycle and flying kites before finding themselves separated once the soldiers appear in their countryside. On all sides of this conflict people are about to be caught up in the violence from the man who trains one boy to fight the infidel invaders to Barnes’ family waiting for him to return home. We see them not as they see themselves but as all the objects surrounding them do: shoes and boots a helmet a trove of dollars a drone that bike weaponry a bag of fertilizer a medal a beer glass a snowflake dog tags an exploding IED and the medical implements that are subsequently employed. Anatomy of a Soldier is a moving enlightening and fiercely dramatic novel about one man’s journey of survival and the experiences of those around him. Forty-five objects one unforgettable story. A brilliant book direct from the battle zone. – Edna O’Brien Compassionate and compelling …The language has a clarity about it that elevates it to the beautiful. – Kate Hamer A tour de force …It feels like war through the looking glass but it is utterly real. – Nadeem Aslam Harry Parker grew up in Wiltshire. He joined the British Army when he was 23 and served in Iraq in 2007 and Afghanistan in 2009 as a Captain. He is now a writer and artist and lives in London.