Like every mother Gill wants the best for her sons. Raise them well, keep them safe, clean and out of trouble. But for Michael and Chris the choices are few and far between. The only way to have the best is to be the best - join the army. As the brutal business of war unfolds, the boys become men their mother doesn't recognise, and maternal love is put to a gruelling test. Gill is hesitantly drawn into the Military Families Against War campaign. She joins forces with other mothers who are glued to the news and linked from their sofas to the battlefield by satellite. As the body count rises, they find a political voice that is hard to hear but impossible to ignore. This book presents an uncompromising account of the heart-breaking choices faced by mothers of serving soldiers and what happens when a distant war comes home.
ESTHER WILSON started out as an actor but turned to writing after winning an award for a short film. She has written for several theatre companies: Red Ladder, the Liverpool Lantern Company, Unity and BBC Radio 4. She was co-writer on Unprotected, staged in Liverpool and at the 2006 Edinburgh Festival, where it won Amnesty's Freedom of Expression Award. She lives in Liverpool.