Patrick Hennessey was a member of the British Army until 2009, when he started practicing as a barrister in the UK. He trained at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, served as Platoon Commander and a Company Operations Officer and was on tours to Iraq in 2006 and Afghanistan in 2007.
Hennessey is the author of two books: Junior Officers’ Reading Club: Killing Time and Fighting Wars (Penguin, 2010) and Kandak: Fighting With Afghans (Penguin, 2012). His books are passionate recollections of his time in the Army.
Written in an engaging style with tight rhythm, Patrick takes the reader on a journey into the excitement and frustration of life on the front. The Junior Officers’ Reading Club is almost a postmodern, coming of age tale, portraying a generation of boys, in which ideals meet video games and adrenaline bursts and unbearable boredom inextricably mix.
Both Hennessey’s books eschew tendencies to paint a black-and-white picture of life as an army officer on the front lines. Instead, his writing conveys the nuanced complexity of both the army and the surroundings in which it operates. This is captured, for instance, in the oscillating descriptions Hennessey gives to himself and his colleagues, at times depicting the men as heroes and, in other instances, as anti-heroes.