Soldiers: War diaries provide novel inspiration

From Nine To Noon, 11:30 am on 29 September 2020
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What was life really like for Kiwi soldiers serving during World War II, and what secrets might they have harboured? New Zealand author Tom Remiger has drawn on his extensive research from wartime diaries to pen his award-winning novel 'Soldiers'. The soldiers of the title belong to a company in the New Zealand division, sent to serve around the Mediterranean shortly after the death of one of their own during training exercises back in England. The death is investigated and determined to be an accident - but is that really the case? Tom joins Kathryn to explain how the novel expands on his studies of the diaries kept by New Zealand-born author Dan Davin, who served as an intelligence officer in the Middle East.