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  • Hardcover: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Helion and Company; 1st Edition edition (1 Jun. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907677674
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907677670
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 17.8 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 366,456 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am a former soldier and have written - to date - five books on the Northern Ireland troubles from the perspective of the British soldier on the streets and fields of the province. Two more are in the pipeline. Largely oral, the books encompass the views of the Riflemen and Privates, the NCOs and their officers who risked death and maiming at the hands of savage mobs and the professional yet murderous IRA and INLA. However, I do not reserve my opprobrium for the Republicans, and the Loyalist murder gangs are condemned in equal measure.

My books are pro-squaddie and will always be so.

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In 1974 the MoD declared that Northern Ireland was not a war-zone and that none of the fallen soldiers would be honoured on war memorials. Four decades on Ken Wharton has put that right. Sir, They re Taking the Kids Indoors stands as a memorial in its own right. With every word he writes, Ken honours these men. --Steven McLaughlin, bestselling author of Squaddie: A Soldier's Story

A riveting and authentic account of a sobering and seminal period of British and Irish military history. These pages are redolent with random, chaotic and hate-fuelled violence so epitomized by the chilling phrase Sir, they re taking the kids indoors but they also speak of the heroic sacrifice, patience, humility and self-restraint which were and remain the hallmarks of the British soldier when faced with terrorists hell bent on wreaking death and destruction, whether in 1970s Belfast, or in Helmand province today. Ken Wharton s work is both a hugely important record and a highly readable account. Lest we forget. --Damien Lewis, bestselling author of Apache Dawn: Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned and Fire Strike 7/9

As a soldier who served in Northern Ireland in Belfast in 1973 and in Crossmaglen in 1976, Ken Wharton s book of soldiers true accounts brings back the emotion, the smells, the images, the grinding hours, the constant bombs and bullets and the squalor in which we lived and worked. Only through reading this book can anyone begin to realise what we experienced in the service of our country. --Tony Clarke, former Paratrooper and author of Contact

Ken Whartons most recent book, Sir, They're Taking the Kids Indoors chronicles the Northern Ireland troubles from the perspective of British soldiers. An incredible collection of photographs and copies of newspaper clippings supplements the extensively researched book. The result is a rich oral history that combines the author s experience as a soldier on the streets of Belfast as well as contributions from others who served during these years of unceasing violence and mayhem. --Warfare magazine

As a soldier who served in Northern Ireland in Belfast in 1973 and in Crossmaglen in 1976, Ken Wharton s book of soldiers true accounts brings back the emotion, the smells, the images, the grinding hours, the constant bombs and bullets and the squalor in which we lived and worked. Only through reading this book can anyone begin to realise what we experienced in the service of our country. --Tony Clarke, former Paratrooper and author of Contact

About the Author

Ken Wharton admits that he will never see 60 again but is enjoying life on Queensland's Gold Coast where he lives with his partner Helen and his youngest son Nathan. He is the father of 7 and a grandfather of 4 with a 5th pending. Former football referee in England's West Yorkshire League and still a keen skydiver with over 500 jumps under his belt, he left school at 15 and joined the Army at the age of 17. After the Army he attended the University of Warwick as a mature student before embarking upon a long career in sales, including almost 10 years with Procter & Gamble whom he describes as '…the best company I ever worked for.' Ken is a former soldier who served for 5 years and carried out 2 tours of Northern Ireland in the early 1970s, who as time has worn on and his writings have progressed, regrets not spending more time as a soldier. He has discovered old friends from his serving days and made many new ones over the last 4 or 5 years. He began writing in 2007 after being made redundant from a soap powder company and in the 8 months of unemployment finished his first book: 'A Long Long War; Voices From The British Army in Northern Ireland.' He wrote a further book for Helion before writing 2 others for another publishing company and is now back in the Helion 'stable.' His writings are and always will be pro-Army and he plans one final book on what he describes as 'Britain's forgotten war.' No longer an angry young man, he is best described as '…an angry old man.'

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I've reached the half way point in the book and had to give up. For two reasons. The day by death toll is harrowing and can't stomach any more. I take my hat off to every serviceman who had to endure, especially those killed and left with physical and emotional scars afterwards. And also the victims of this nightmare. The murdered, their parents, loved ones and families.

The second reason for giving up on the book is that it isn't the book i was led to believe it was from the reviews. I really dont feel that I've got into the mindset of the British Squaddie at all and been given no more than the briefest of glimpses into operations through a curtain of murder and mayhem interspersed with a few first person accounts and Ken's own repetitive vitriol. I was as shocked and disgusted as anyone about the murders of Corporal Woods and Howe in 1988, but to my mind they should have remained outside of a book whose focus is 1973-74.

This is not a book about the Troubles. This is a diary of events. I cant recommend the book unless you want to feel despair, anger and rage about the senselessness of it all. However, it needed to be written as an epitath for those who served and those who died.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By S. Mclaughlin on 13 Jun. 2012
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`Sir, they're taking the kids indoors' were words that chilled the blood of a generation of soldiers. British soldiers on British streets, fighting in an urban battleground, that at times, rivalled the very worst that any childish videogame could conjure. Only this game was real and when the blokes hit the ground they didn't always get back up. Or when they did - just as in today's wars - it was in pieces. Once again Ken has produced another scholarly masterpiece of those times, and once again, he has done me the honour of allowing me to review his manuscript.

Ken's fifth book focuses on the chaotic `Troubles' era of 1973/74, and in similar vein to his previous works takes us through each and every incident - both major and minor - and every single month in his now-familiar forensic style. He describes himself as a `simple soldier scribe', but is in fact much more than that; like fine wine, he's maturing and evolving into our foremost authority on the military campaign in Northern Ireland. Like a surgeon's scalpel, he cuts deep into every atrocity, shedding new light, unearthing fresh discoveries and serving up rock-solid reasons and answers, why good men died and bad men lived. He tells the stories of the men in the trademark `gallows humour' squaddie-style that anyone who's ever spent so much as a day in uniform will be familiar with. And the relief of humour is needed because the tension of those times rested on every soldiers shoulders like an angel of death. A dark angel that Ken has brought to life on the page.

As testament to his growing maturity Ken has broadened his historical vision to take in not only military casualties, but the horrors endured by innocent and unarmed civilians too.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By poshtrucker on 2 July 2012
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I have just finished reading Kens lastest book, Sir, There Taking The Kids Indoors, like all his other books that I have read Ken tells it as it is, no punches pulled. The research Ken has done to get all the details, absolulty brilliant, the book has some history about the troubles before 1969 when the troubles started again. I was still at school during the period this book is about but remember some of the incedents being on the news at night time. As a veteran of this conflict this book takes you back on to the streets of Northern Ireland, BUT this time you are safe. There are parts of the book that will make you go bloody hell. Kens books are a fitting tribute to all the soldiers that trod the streets of Northern Ireland and especilly to the ones that paid the ultimate price. Well done Ken
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By Philip on 31 Jan. 2014
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A great read but also reflects on wasted lives during these times and senseless tit for tat killing of people who had no connections with the security forces or the para militaries
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As n ex NI Vet i could relate to this very good book it brought back vivid memories of my time in NI and the good and bad times that i had there
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By macphil1uk on 15 Aug. 2012
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As usual Ken Wharton's book opens ones eyes to the carnage that was Ulster. Even though I served in Ulster during the "Troubles" I never quite grasped just how bad the situation was. Mostly concerned with my units own areas of responsibility I, like many others, seemed to develop an acceptance for the daily news items of murder after murder. Only the sensational events getting anything like headline news. People lost their lives un noted for the most part except by their grieving families. Ken Wharton changes that and makes a note of each loss of life, shaming in the process the animals that carried out those killings and those that funded the murder gangs. Written, unashamedly from the soldiers viewpoint Ken Wharton pours scorn on the meaningless platitudes that dripped from the mouths of spokes persons from both sides of the divide when they tried to explain and justify but rarely apologise for each death. This book, and his others, needed to be written. With enquiry after enquiry into actions of soldiers on the ground, often faced with split second decisions and actions that could lose or save thier own lives and still now being called to account for those actions there needs some redress, some accountability from those that were responsible for the very presence of the Armed Forces on the streets of Ulster. Without their provocations no troops would ever have been sent to the province.
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