Nicholas Best’s first novel, a satire of army life. One morning the Gobelin Guards are Trooping the Colour. The next day they are flown out to the Indian Ocean to defend the island of British Casuarina from invasion.
Vainly awaiting the intruding enemy from a neighbouring republic, they become entangled with local whores seeking medication and marriage, an expense-hungry war correspondent filing stories of imaginary battles, a film director staging scenes for an army recruitment documentary, and a drug-smuggling guerrilla leader who learned his military skills as an officer cadet in the British army.
Nicholas Best grew up in Kenya and was educated there, in England and at Trinity College, Dublin. He served in the Grenadier Guards and worked in London as a journalist before becoming a fulltime author.
His comic novel Tennis and the Masai was serialized on BBC Radio 4 and has recently been a best-seller in the Amazon Top 100. The Greatest Day in History, his account of the 1918 Armistice, was a Waterstone's recommendation of the month and has been translated into many languages.
In 2010, Nicholas Best was long-listed for the inaugural Sunday Times-EFG Private Bank award of...
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