Being published at the end of July 2013 are two new books from John Hollands. They form a unique combination. They are inextricably tied to each other. Together, they give a unique picture of the war in Korea at the height of its trench warfare.

Both books come out on July 27th 2013 to coincide with the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War

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(His first bestseller published in 1956)

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The Heroes of the Hook is volume III of the fictionalised memoir, Memory and Imagination. It deals with Hollands’s period of National Service, from 1951 to 1953, as seen through the eyes of his alter ego or literary clone, Sajit Contractor. It tells of his progress through the Ranks to Platoon Commander in Korea. There he finds himself in the middle of one of Korea’s greatest battles, defending a hill known as The Hook: a hill which more men died than any other hill in Korea.

When the battle ended, Sajit was one of the few men to survive in his platoon, and he determined to write a novel about his experiences to let those in Britain know what a young National Serviceman had been through, all for £1 a week.

So, aged twenty, with no writing experience, he plunged into the task of writing a war novel. How he succeeds and produces an instant best-seller is told in the foreword to his newly reissued edition of

The Dead, the Dying and the Damned, a novel which has now sold over 3 million copies.

These are the two novels of Korean that had to be written

The Heroes of the Hook relates the adventures of the author in Korea The Dead, the Dying and the Damned is how those experiences became a best-selling novel of the Korean War.

ISBN: 978-0-905496-02-1


ISBN: 978-0-94596-01-4