New Voices: Harry Parker & Peter Hanington

Anatomy of A Soldier & A Dying Breed

Saturday 17th September 2016

Harry Parker
Anatomy of a Soldier, Harry Parker
A Dying Breed, Peter Hanington

Two of the most bold and exciting new voices in fiction, Harry Parker and Peter Hanington both explore combat, conflict and the aftermath of war in their acclaimed debut novels.

Harry Parker’s highly original Anatomy of A Soldier tells the story of a British army officer in the middle of a war zone, and the trauma he suffers after being blown up by an IED. Told through the perspective of 45 different inanimate objects, from a drone to dog tags, it’s a powerful and enthralling read. Harry joined the British Army when he was 23 and served in Iraq and Afghanistan. He now lives in London and works as a writer and artist.

Described as ‘a tremendous novel’ by William Boyd, Peter Hanington’s A Dying Breed features a veteran and wayward BBC reporter and a young producer sent to Kabul to control him. Set in a shadowy le Carre-esque world, its about journalism in a time of war, how hard it is to tell the stories that need to be told and the battle lines between truth, deception and betrayal. Peter is a long serving editor on BBC Radio’s Today programme. He initiated the special guest editor programmes and worked on special collaborations with MIF and Glastonbury.

Harry and Peter will read and discuss their work with author and broadcaster Erica Wagner.

Peter Hanington