Buckerell author releases two novels

PUBLISHED: 14:03 05 September 2013 | UPDATED: 15:54 05 September 2013

John Hollands with Heroes of the Hook and The Dead, the Dying and the Damned.

John Hollands with Heroes of the Hook and The Dead, the Dying and the Damned.


John Hollands recounts his experiences in both books through a ‘literary clone.’

A critically-acclaimed author from Buckerell has released two new books to coincide with the 60th anniversary of the end the Korean War.

John Hollands, 80, of Orchards Farm, released Heroes of the Hook and a reissue of his successful bestselling novel, The Dead, the Dying and the Damned, which has sold over 3 million copies worldwide.

Both stories provide a unique insight into to the Korean War at the height of its trench warfare, something John experienced first-hand when serving as a platoon commander from 1951 to 1953.

John said: “These books document the rare occurrences of the war which I’ve experienced. Every incident that happens in these books is based on real life events.

“It’s a duality of what happened, documented in a novel.”

In Heroes of the Hook, the story is played through the eyes of John’s alter ego or ‘literary clone’, Sajit Contractor.

When the battle ended, Sajit was one of the few men to survive in his platoon.

He was determined to write a novel about his experiences to let those in Britain know what a young national serviceman had been through.

Both books are available to purchase at all booksellers or direct from the publisher.

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