Author: Jarvis, Dan, Binding: Paperback, Imprint: Abacus, Series: N/A, Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group, Published: 03/06/2021, Pagination: 320 pages, 8pp b/w, Classification: Biography & True Stories, Country of Publication: United Kingdom
19.6 cm H | 12.6 cm W | 2.2 cm T | 280 g Wt
Winner of Best Memoir at the Parliamentary Book Awards 2020'Dan Jarvis's story is a belter.
It's about love, loss, courage and determination told with his customary modesty which fails to disguise the amazing man behind the story' Alan JohnsonDan Jarvis is an MP and a Mayor, but this is not a book about politics.
This is a book about service and family - specifically his time serving in the elite Parachute Regiment, and the tragic death of his wife Caroline. Dan used to be a soldier, and although soldiering provides the backdrop to some of the book, what it is really about is love, life and death - and all the stuff that goes in between.
It is about making decisions when under extreme pressure, about keeping calm, keeping going and keeping a smile on your face - well, most of the time, anyway.
Specifically, it is about the two biggest challenges Dan faced and the way he tried to cope with them - taking on the Taliban in Afghanistan, and losing his wife to cancer at a tragically young age. For a long time Dan did not feel ready or able to talk about it, but ten years on, he now wants to tell the story.
From the mortal danger and nerve-tangling fear of night-fighting in Helmand province to the aching heartache of bereavement, this is a unique and compelling memoir by a man of courage and character.
Though it has been a hard book for Dan to write, it is a gripping and inspiring one to read.