An unflinching, brilliant new book on the Parachute Regiment and the Falklands War.
Helen Parr was aged seven when she was woken up by her mother with the news that her uncle had been killed in the Falklands War. This book is based in part on her wish to understand what happened and why - the result was this remarkable book, which is both about a specific paratrooper, the world in which he lived, and the Falklands War itself. She is Senior Lecturer in International Relations at Keele University. Her essay 'The Eurosceptic's Moment' was co-winner of the 2017 Hennessy Prize.
You can only capture the zeitgeist of The Parachute Regiment if you
write candidly and astonishingly well: Helen Parr triumphantly does
both -- Major General Chip Chapman (Platoon Commander, 2 PARA,
This is an extraordinary book. It is partly about the Falklands War itself and the terrible things that the Paras endured, and the terrible things that some of them did, but it is also about the white working class of the 1970s and why some men born into this class ended up marching across an island that most of them had never heard of. Thoughtful and sometimes heart-breaking, if I had to recommend one book about the British Army since the Second World War, and perhaps, for that matter, one book about British society in the 1980s, this would be it. -- Richard Vinen, author of National Service
Achieves a rare combination of intimacy and range... I couldn't recommend Our Boys more highly -- Rachel Seiffert
This beautifully written, intensely poignant book in which the life and death of Helen Parr's nineteen year old uncle Dave, killed on Wireless Ridge above Port Stanley on the very last day of the Falklands War, is set carefully in the context of Britain's twentieth century military, political and social history. It will leave a real mark on the minds of those who read it. She has done her uncle Dave more than proud. -- Peter Hennessy
Powerful and moving, Our Boys is a fascinating insight into the nature of combat and represents an important contribution to our understanding of the Falklands War, The Parachute Regiment and post-war Britain. -- Dan Jarvis MP
A classic. Truly superb... something unique and original. It does great justice to the Paras, and is the most honest and honourable homage possible to the author's uncle Dave. -- Major Nigel Price, 7th Gurkha Rifles