Ex-soldier MP Mercer to Pan Mac

Jasmin Kirkbride
Rights - NonFiction 28 Feb 2017

Memoir of experiences in the armed forces and in politics due in June

Ingrid Connell at Sidgwick (Pan Macmillan) has signed UK and Commonwealth rights from Humfrey Hunter to an autobiography by Johnny Mercer MP. Sidgwick will publish in June.

The book will cover Mercer's service in the army, a period that saw some of the heaviest fighting British troops have experienced since Korea. It also covers his improbable rise in politics upon his return, including winning a seat never before held by a Conservative, receiving the Spectator’s Speech of the Year award for his maiden speech in the House of Commons, and leading the Iraq Historic Allegations Team (IHAT).

Connell said: "I couldn't put the manuscript down or put certain scenes out of my mind. Johnny has written an unflinching account of life on the frontline in Afghanistan, mixing heart-stopping action with a powerful story of friendship, sacrifice and his own personal battle to come to terms with tragedy and the brutalising impact of months of relentless fighting. Honest, passionate and laced with wry humour, this is a compelling read."

Mercer said: "I was delighted to be given the opportunity to work with Ingrid Connell and Pan Macmillan. This is an autobiography, but it is not just about me. I wanted to tell the stories of a generation of young men and women who sacrificed so much for the privileges we enjoy, and sometimes barely notice. Their actions, their bravery and their courage are seen through the prism of my time with them. I hope everyone who fought in the Afghanistan war will recognise some of the challenges I write about, and that the book will go some way to shining a light on what so many of us experienced."

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