East Of Coker – Andy Owen
East of Coker moves through London and Iraq that shadows TS Eliot’s waste land, asking what duty do those left behind have to those that would otherwise be forgotten.
How, through acceptance of what we have done, we define who we are, where we are all inevitably heading to, and what happiness can be found.
Andy served in the intelligence corps of the British Army reaching the rank of Captain. He completed operational tours in Northern Ireland (2003), Iraq (2004), Basra (2005) and on specialist intelligence duties in Helmand Province, Afghanistan in 2007. East of Coker is his second novel following Invective (2014). He now lives in London.
Extract from Book
“One of the injured was a young officer called Marcus, who was using the inside of his artificial leg as an ice bucket for his bottle of beer. He chatted to me about how he made it back with all his limbs but a secondary infection meant they had to cut off his left leg in hospital in Birmingham. He told me how arbitrary it seemed where they drew the felt tip pen line across his leg, marking which bit of him he would keep and which bit he would lose. He tol me he had three more lines drawn over the following six months as they failed to contain the infection.”
Andy writes for the War Writers’ Campaign which is an amazing campaign who supports and promotes social change surrounding veterans issues through written awareness. The War Writers’Campaign aims to maintain a long term and historic platform that facilitates the consolidated efforts of service members and veterans to promote mental therapy. It helps to assist veterans in telling their own story. Engage in the power of therapy through communication and empower the next greatest generation of veterans through written publications.
East of Coker is available here.