Helen Parr

Our Boys
  • Our Boys

  • WINNER OF THE LONGMAN-HISTORY TODAY BOOK PRIZE 2019
    WINNER OF THE TEMPLER MEDAL BOOK PRIZE 2019
    WINNER OF THE DUKE OF WELLINGTON MEDAL FOR MILITARY HISTORY 2019
    LONGLISTED FOR THE ORWELL PRIZE FOR POLITICAL WRITING 2019
    A SPECTATOR BOOK THE YEAR 2019

    'Brilliant. The best discussion of soldiers in combat, their motivation, behaviours and fears, that I have come across' Robert Fox, Evening Standard

    Our Boys brings to life the human experiences of the paratroopers who fought in the Falklands War, and examines the long aftermath of that conflict. It is a first in many ways - a history of the Parachute Regiment, a group with an elite and aggressive reputation; a study of close-quarters combat on the Falkland Islands; and an exploration of the many legacies of this short and symbolic war.

    Told unflinchingly through the experiences of people who lived through it, Our Boys shows how the Falklands conflict began to change Britain's relationship with its soldiers, and our attitudes to trauma and war itself. It is also the story of one particular soldier: the author's uncle, who was killed during the conflict, and whose fate has haunted both the author and his fellow paratroopers ever since.

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: the story of a specific paratrooper, the world in which he lived and the people he left behind, and the Falklands War itself. She is a historian of modern Britain who teaches international relations at Keele University. Her essay 'The Eurosceptic's Moment' was co-winner of the 2017 Hennessy Prize.