Liz Coward

Liz Coward

“I chose to adopt an interview style of writing, similar to that in The Last Fighting Tommy. I wrote countless drafts trying to find the right balance between context and personal recollection. It was complicated by a moving love story that ran like a seam through the whole tale. As that was the book’s emotional heart it had to be weaved in amongst the battles. By 2015, I had taken the book as far as I could. I had heard TLC speak at an event and decided to invest in a manuscript assessment.”

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“For two years, we’d been meticulously drilled on how to respond when we were under fire. We’d practiced with the Queen’s firing blanks at us while our sergeant majors screamed, ‘GET DOWN! LAY DOWN!’  However, after that first encounter with the Axis troops, we suddenly realised that being well trained and well disciplined was one thing, but being able to react correctly when our brains were screaming at us to freeze or fly, was quite another.” Extract from ‘Blood and Bandages’ – included in the showcase

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