by Owen Sheers - £8.99 Faber & Faber (2014)
paperback ISBN 13: 9780571315574 | ISBN 10: 0571315577
Pink Mist is a verse-drama about three young soldiers from Bristol who are deployed to Afghanistan. School friends still in their teens, Arthur, Hads and Taff each have their own reasons for enlisting. Within a short space of time they return to the women in their lives (a mother, a wife, a girlfriend), all of whom must now share the psychological and physical aftershocks of their service.
A work of great dramatic power, documentary integrity and emotional intensity, Pink Mist uses everyday yet heightened speech to excavate the human cost of modern warfare. Drawing upon interviews with soldiers and their families, as well as ancient texts such as the medieval Welsh poem Y Gododdin, it is the first extended lyric narrative to emerge from the devastating conflict in Afghanistan.
Shortlisted for the BBC Audio Drama Awards 2013, Pink Mist displays all of Owen Sheers's virtuoso gifts for language and poetic drama.
"... a phenomenal poem ... captures the reality of what soldiering is all about and of what it's like to adjust to "normality" when one comes home from war."A proportion of royalties from the sale of this book will be donated to the Community Self Build Agency, a charity which provides help to ex-servicemen struggling to adapt to civilian life, giving them the opportunity to build their own homes.
( Capt. Ed Poytner, C Company 2 Rifles)
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