Tales from the War Zone

Tuesday 3 July 2012, 5.23am | Waterstones Piccadilly

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On 3rd July four top writers shared their reflections on war  – and writing about war – in the 21st century.

Veteran war correspondent and former soldier Martin Bell explained how war today has become a policy option instead of a last resort; writer Geoff Dyer explains the move from discussing war through fiction and poetry in earlier times to war reportage in the modern era; American novelist Ben Fountain, whose new book has been described as a modern-day “Catch 22″, talked about war as a non-combatant; and the celebrated young author and former soldier Patrick Hennessey described the confusion and miscommunications that can arise between allies in a conflict, based on his observation of British and American troops in Afghanistan.

Martin Bell  – Former soldier and BBC war correspondent
Geoff Dyer  – Novelist and essayist who was recently writer-in-residence aboard a US aircraft carrier
Ben Fountain  – American author, whose latest novel is Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk
Patrick Hennessey – Former soldier and author of The Junior Officers’ Reading Club