This outstanding first novel established Alan Judd's literary reputation and was one of the most talked about and best-selling books for years.
After university and Sandhurst, Charles Thoroughgood has now joined the Assault Commandos and is on a four-month tour of duty in Armagh and Belfast. The thankless task facing him and his men to patrol the tension filled streets through times of tragedy, madness, laughter and terror.
Alan Judd tells Thoroughgood's tale with verve, compassion and humour. The result is an exceptionally fine novel which blends bitter human incident with bizarre army farce that will make you laugh out loud.