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What Happened to Him out There?



Harry’s twenty-three. He's an overgrown boy who's decided that because his older brother'll be king, he doesn't have to grow up. The press, the army, and his school chums all have low expectations for him. Why disappoint them?


Then comes a deployment to Afghanistan that changes everything.

Harry’s always hated the press so falling for a CNN reporter he meets on the troop plane is not what he had in mind. It doesn’t help that she’s disguised as a man to evade the Pentagon’s ban on women serving in front line positions. He also manages to acquire a gay best friend in a brother officer named Mustafa. But what’s his former nanny doing on the plane to Kabul? There’s also a warlord driving a Mercedes and his commanding officer who’d much rather be reading Shakespeare. Together they uncover buried trauma from Harry’s childhood. In a far away and rocky terrain he learns to confront a love he lost when he was young.

Some of the inspiration came from Robert Byron's 1930s travel book on AfghanistanThe Road to Oxiana. Rory Stewart's travels through modern Afghanistan, The Places In Between, also helped me. I used the catalogue of a British Museum exhibition of Afghan treasures as one of my ways into ancient Afghan history and artefacts. But I started with how hot he looked when he was in his early twenties.