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    James Wharton(Author)

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Seeking escape from the quiet countryside of North Wales, the young James Wharton joined the British Army with adventure on his mind and he found it... At basic training, boozing and brawling accompany the daily trials of army life, but all the while James faces a battle of his own: he is gay, and finding the courage to tell not only his family and friends but also his fellow soldiers will be the biggest challenge of all. Written with searing honesty, and updated to include a new chapter, James charts his incredible journey from punchbag to poster boy, describing the troubles and trials of coming to terms with his sexuality via late nights in Soho clubs and early mornings at ceremonial events. The first openly gay person to appear on the cover of Soldier, the British Army's official magazine, James has played an active role in developing support networks for gay men and women within the forces. A courageous and candid account from the soldier who escorted the Queen to the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, endured rocket attacks in the deserts of Iraq and served alongside Prince Harry on the plains of Canada this is James's life out in the army.

James Wharton's memoir of his life in the British Army is a stunning read. He trains to become one of those dazzling, shining cavalry troopers in the Blues and Royals, escorting and guarding the monarch, patiently sitting on their mounts as tourists photograph and giggle. But the Blues and Royals are no mere chocolate soldiers; they are deployed to Iraq like any other member of the military. It is while serving that Wharton finds the extra courage to come out and declare that he is gay. The consequences, both good and appalling, are written about without sentiment or self-pity. A wonderful, stirring and thrilling read. I laughed, wept and winced and closed the book filled with admiration at such courage and grace. --Stephen Fry This acutely observed account of rocket attacks, scorpion bites and blistering heat populated by mates such as Shagger, Smudge and Scoffy could have been written a hundred years ago. It's the coming-out story, a gay wedding and a boyfriend who runs off with a vegan that make it a highly readable and distinctly twenty-first-century boy's own tale. --Ben Summerskill OBEOut in the Army is the most moving book I have recently read. James Wharton is such a direct and honest writer that he brings you to the verge of tears not only when you expect him to but when you don't. His love of Queen and country, his husband and his family all come off the printed page and into your heart. --Paul Gambaccini Out in the Army is a truly unique look at a soldier's journey from boy to man, from Wales to war. I couldn't put it down. --Anthony Cotton A fascinating and charming insight into a remarkable life that wouldn't have been possible just a few years ago. --Matthew Cain, Culture Editor, Channel 4 NewsAn extraordinary story which is a mark of our changing times, Out in the Army is an inspiring read from start to finish. --Matthew Todd, ATTITUDE[A] heartfelt account of a gay man's journey from recruit to veteran, as well as a non-judgemental appraisal of an institution's efforts to move with the times. On both counts it is a worthwhile read. --Soldier MagazineA deeply moving and personal insight into life in the army. A story of bravery, love and victory. James we salute you. --Alice Arnold

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  • PDF | 368 pages
  • James Wharton(Author)
  • Biteback Publishing; 2nd Revised edition edition (21 Oct. 2014)
  • English
  • 6
  • Biography

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  • By Ronnie on 28 March 2015

    Way back in the 70's I attended RCB (now AOSB) for Officer cadet evaluation - didn't make it, sadly. Like James, I would have been a gay soldier, with my late Dad a proud NCO with our RA. The book is well-written,but in colloquial English, and whilst an everyday story of a 'squaddie' in one way, it is very much not in another,namely James's battles to succeed as a soldier yet having to hide his true sexuality, for some time, as did a couple of other troopers. Readers may need a kleenex nearby in parts of a chapter or two ; I did, as related exactly to a couple of everyday events James, as a serving soldier(Ronald to his Officers and HRH)described, such as his taking leave of his Mum in North Wales immediately before heading out to Iraq. Liked the story of his budding friendship with Sammy, the US Marine Radio Tech whom he met in the line of duty in Basra, but alas James was slow off the mark with Sammy later on.....no details, as it's for readers to find out! Interesting little tales of his serving with Prince Harry for a very few weeks in Alberta,with a couple of brief gay encounters with two other soldiers after mock battles on the prairies. JW is open and honest about his later relationships, not flinching from acknowledging his own faults and less than sensitive treatment of others, which honesty for me was a plus. Another plus was a virtue in James which I certainly share, and which jumped off the pages - his love for Britain, our Sovereign, and our history. He said it so simply yet sincerely, and obviously deeply felt, that the paragraph brought a lump to my throat. I finished his book tonight, disappointed very much with his AfterWord, and without revealing what he told the reader, I can only wish him well. Finally, I have long admired our fine Army, and particularly our colourful Household Division ; I shall look at them anew this Sovereign's Parade in June, and wonder if indeed there are another one or two gay Troopers amongst them that morning, serving our Monarch as steadfastly, as loyally, as proudly as L/Cpl Wharton. You know, I am all but 100% sure of it.

  • By Adrian on 5 March 2017

    Absolutely loved this account of James's life. I could identify with some aspects of it being a gay man myself. It brings to the front how far we have come and have yet to go for acceptance of diversity in this country and the world in the 21st century. I do hope James finds happiness again with that someone special, he truly deserves it. Well done James on a great read.

  • By Guest on 11 April 2017

    Great read

  • By Rachel on 13 April 2016

    Very informative and makes you think about what people go through in the forces and shows harry was just a normal trooper leader protecting his troops

  • By kevin smith on 21 March 2017

    This book is an amazing read, where you really get to understand what James went through, whilst being in the Army and coming out. The things he done that helped change a lot of people's lives and how people's attitudes can change over time

  • By Phil Cowley on 14 January 2015

    Bought this as a present for someone and they said it's an absolute must read


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