Home From War: How Love Conquered the Horrors of a Soldier's Afghan Nightmare

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Random House, Mar 4, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 304 pages
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Lance Corporal Martyn Compton's life was changed beyond recognition when he was blown up in a Taliban ambush that killed three of his colleagues. His survival was described as a 'miracle', as he suffered third-degree burns to 75 per cent of his body. He endured 15 operations and doctors used shark cartilage as a base for new skin on his face.

But he did not have to face this gruelling ordeal alone. From the moment she heard of his near-fatal wounds, Martyn's fiancée Michelle Clifford found an inner strength to help them both face the future. During Martyn's treatment, Michelle kept a diary in which she revealed the innermost thoughts and emotions she wished she could relay to her wounded partner.

Home From War gives a rare insight into the story behind the headlines when soldiers die or are injured. It is also the account of Martyn's battle for adequate compensation. This exploration of how one courageous man came to terms with losing his handsome young face cannot fail to inspire.


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Martyn I Was Exposed and I Was Terrified
Martyn It Was the Tallest Tree I Had Ever Seen
Michelle Clifford Slices Through the Defence
Michelle Id Kissed a Few Frogs Before I Met
Michelle Hearing Martyns Voice Was Better than Any Party
Michelle In an Instant the World Shrank to Nothing
Michelle That Was His Baby Lying There
Martyn Nothing Was Going to Be the Same Again
Martyn The Crispy Strips Tasted Amazing
Michelle Morning Sweetie Happy Birthday
Martyn Physio Friends and Family
Martyn Take this Bloody Thing Out of My Nose
Michelle If You Dont Go Soon Youll Never Go

Michelle Keep Running Babe
Michelle One Dress Stood Out It Was Pink of Course
Michelle I Couldnt Do it For Anyone Else
Michelle He Was Meant to Stand Tall
Martyn Love Wrecks You at the Best of Times
Michelle He Was Distressed and I Didnt Know What to
Martyn I Saw a 50p Coin on the Pile of Rubbish
Martyn A Place Where it Looked Down Over
Michelle Years End and a New Beginning
Michelle I Was as the Football Cliché Goes Over the Moon

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About the author (2011)

LCpl Martyn Compton, a Household Cavalryman, miraculously recovered from a Taliban bomb attack in Afghanistan in 2006. He married his fiancee, Michelle, a school teacher, in July 2008. Marnie Summerfield Smith is a journalist who has written for numerous national newspapers.

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