We’re delighted to be on tour today sharing Laura’s thoughts for Combats & Kisses by P W Wolfendale.
There comes a time in life when you have to walk away from your family and surround yourself with people who will be your everlasting friends, people who will be there for you in times of need, and people that will never let you suffer alone.
As a sixteen year old lad, and still attached to my mother’s apron strings, I decided to fulfil my teenage dreams and join the Army. This is a true in-depth encounter spanning over ten years of military service. How the next ten years unfolded is something I felt I needed to share with the world. Basic training, military pranks, letters from our loved ones, the endless civil war in Northern Ireland, heartache, bullying, and last but not least, our fallen heroes. Feeling all alone as I waited for the train to arrive to take me away from my family and friends is a day I shall never forget.
Combats & Kisses by P W Wolfendale is published by Clink Street Publishing and is available in digital and paperback formats.
Combats and Kisses is a biography and memoir of P.W. Wolfendale, who in detail describes his ten year service in the army.
I really enjoyed this book, the author’s writing style is wonderful, and I was intrigued by his story. Starting from a young boy, Paul describes how an army talk at school started his fascination in joining up. Before he was 16 he passed the basic IQ test and awaited patiently to leave school and join the army.
In-depth descriptions of his basic training at Nuneaton, Bramcote includes new friendships, military pranks and I found interesting details of the every day life of a trainee soldier.
His ten year span between 1974 and 1984 includes his placement to Germany, three tours in Northern Ireland, bullying, first loves and gruelling training exercises.
An interesting book with plenty of details of military life but also the author shares the emotional side of being a young soldier, away from home.
P. W. Wolfendale was brought up in the town of Nantwich Cheshire and now lives a few miles away in Shavington Crewe. He works as a Driving Instructor, and has done so for the last 27 years. He is married with four grown up children, and one of them ironically lives in N’Ireland close to Londonderry.
Combats and Kisses is his second book. His first book, Driving to L and Back is a collection of small stories with comedy sketches.