Walking Wounded is a literary biography with the pace and excitement of a thriller. Vernon Scannell lived an action-packed life that included time spent in a military prison as a deserter from Montgomery's Sixth Army, action on the beaches of D-Day, and two years on the run after the war. A talented amateur and occasional professional boxer, he also fought in fairground booths and was occasionally involved in late-night drunkenbrawls. He could be brutally violent to each of the women in his life, but he was also a passionate and romantic lover. He - and those around him - suffered for years because of the post-traumatic stress disorderthat followed his wartime service.Most of all, he was a dedicated poet, and the book ends with him writing some of his finest verses as he lay on his death bed. It is a story that is sometimes shocking, often troubling, occasionally inspiring, but always gripping.
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