The Book On One

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    The Book on One is a celebration of writing from all over the world, with five 15-minute excerpts from a single book broadcast each week.


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    Book On One Wednesday 29 April 2015

    In 1995 Tom Clonan was a young officer in the Irish Army. He was deployed to Lebanon where over 40,000 Irish soldiers have served as peacekeepers. 

    Tom begins his book, Blood Sweat and Tears: An Irish Soldier’s Story of Love and Loss, as he flies out of Dublin bound for the Middle East. 

    The book is a frank, often heartbreaking account of his time caught in the crossfire between the Israeli army and Hezbollah. It recounts the daily life in the army barracks, Christmas thousands of miles from home and the awful reality of a bloody conflict involving fighters and civilians alike.

    Dr. Tom Clonan is now the Security Analyst for The Irish Times. His book deals with harrowing scenes abroad and is also a humorous chronicle of the absurdities of army life. Back at home, Tom recounts the loss of his parents and his baby daughter – an experience which brought him closer to the horrific tragedies he witnessed while serving in the conflict zone.
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