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Barefoot Soldier

Johnson Beharry

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Autobiography: historical, political & military, Prose: non-fiction

* The remarkable life story of Johnson Beharry, from Grenadian poverty to being awarded the Victoria Cross and becoming a national hero

*An utterly compelling story that will inspire this and future generations

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The remarkable life story of Johnson Beharry, from Grenadian poverty to being awarded the Victoria Cross and becoming a national hero, an utterly compelling story that will inspire this and future generations.

'As I pull myself out of the hatch four or five rounds ricochet off the front of the Warrior. My God, some bastard is targeting me. I drop back down into my seat. My hands are shaking. My breath is coming in short gasps. If I sprint through the bullets and throw myself over the barrier, I say to myself, I'll be safe...'
During a series of explosive operations in Iraq, Private Johnson Beharry carried out two acts of outstanding heroism, saving the lives of thirty men. In the second action, a rocket-propelled grenade exploded inches from his head, yet he managed to drive out of the ambush before collapsing. Nobody thought he would survive. Amazingly, he did pull through, becoming the first living recipient of the Victoria Cross for nearly forty years. From a childhood of grinding poverty in Grenada to his remarkable road to recovery, this is his incredible story.

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Praise for Barefoot Soldier

  • Beharry has a rich inner life and is possessed of an unselfconsciously poetic turn of phrase. Relating a recurrent nightmare in which he's trapped inside a burning Warrior, he writes, "The dream sticks to me like the smell of smoke" - SUNDAY TELEGRAPH

  • A heartbreaking, uplifting and inspirational read - SUNDAY EXPRESS

  • Johnson Beharry earned his VC for "repeated extreme gallantry and unquestioned valour" in Iraq, but the full story of his journey there is still more inspiring - DAILY MAIL

  • Gets my vote as book of the year. The word 'hero - is often bandied about by the media, but where Beharry is concerned, it's a fitting description'

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Johnson Beharry

Johnson Beharry, VC was born in Grenada in 1979. In 1999 he joined the Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment. He has served in Kosovo, Northern Ireland and Iraq.

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