In this heartwarming narrative based on a true story, a British airman embarks on a plan that risks it all to feed a starving, war-stricken family.
Thirty years after serving in World War II, middle-aged Rob’s holiday plans see an unforeseen change that leads him on a coach tour of Italy. Struggling with post-war PTSD and depression, he reluctantly agrees to the journey – and sparks a dream that plunges him into long-stifled memories.
Set in Europe, Sue Parritt’s Feed Thy Enemy is an account of courage and compassion in the face of trauma. When Rob’s flashback delves into his attempts to save a famished family with a series of increasingly daring raids on his army’s supply stores, will he trigger suppressed remembrances of past war, love, and sacrifice – and find the strength to confront them in the present?
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This was a captivating, emotional historical novel which I thought was brilliantly researched. PTSD is a subject that’s often mentioned in books but I’ve never read such a detailed, fascinating account of it before. The author has clearly done a lot of research and this clearly shows throughout the book as we learn more about what the illness involves and how it works.
Rob is a very sympathetic character that I warmed to instantly. I felt so sorry for all that he had experienced during the war and the night terrors that he’s experiencing now. The book is based on a true story and these bits feel very realistic which was quite heartbreaking at times. His wife was another wonderful character and I loved the way she subtly tries to help him face his worse fears.
I thought this was a captivating read which I found hard to put down at times as I desperately wanted to see if Rob would beat his night terrors. The journey he goes on throughout the book was very interesting and I found it quite heartwarming to see how far he had come at the end.
Huge thanks to Rachel from Rachel’s Random resources for inviting me onto the blog tour and for my copy of this book.
About The Author:
Sue Parritt has written a well-crafted historical novel about post war PTSD. The story is based on the true life and experiences of her dad. He suffered from PTSD and depression after the war and has the courage to overwin his enemies inside.
For people who suffer from this diagnosis this is a heart- warming and recognizable journey and for people like me, it is a good start to get to know more about this mental problems.Who knows how many more people have this feelings after being in a war or another trauma?
Originally from England, Sue worked in university libraries until taking early retirement in 2008 to concentrate on creative writing. Since then she has written short stories, articles, poetry, a short TV drama script and six novels:
Sannah and the Pilgrim, first in a trilogy of a future dystopian Australia focusing on climate change and the harsh treatment of refugees from drowned Pacific islands. Odyssey Books, 2014. Commended in the FAW Christina Stead Award, 2014.
Pia and the Skyman, Odyssey Books, 2016. Commended in the FAW Christina Stead Award, 2016.
The Sky Lines Alliance, Odyssey Books, 2016.
Chrysalis, the story of a perceptive girl growing up in a Quaker family in swinging sixties’ Britain. Morning Star Press, 2017
Re-Navigation recounts a life turned upside down when forty-year old Julia journeys from the sanctuary of middle-class Australian suburbia to undertake a retreat at a college located on an isolated Welsh island. Creativia Publishing, 2019.
Feed Thy Enemy, based on her father’s experiences, is an account of courage and compassion in the face of trauma as a British airman embarks on a plan that risks all to feed a starving, war-stricken family. Creativia Publishing, 2019.
Sue’s current project, A Question of Country, is a novel exploring the migrant experience through the protagonist’s lifelong search for meaningful identity.
Passionate about peace and social justice issues, Sue’s goal as a fiction writer is to continue writing novels that address topics such as climate change, the effects of war, the treatment of refugees, feminism and racism. Sue intends to keep on writing for as long as possible, believing the extensive life experiences of older writers can be employed to engage readers of all ages.