- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: New Generation Publishing (26 July 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1909039845
- ISBN-13: 978-1909039841
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2 x 20.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 21 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,333,459 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Trouble with Girls Paperback – 26 Jul 2012
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Jonny Cox, not his real name, was a serving Infantry Officer for 15 years if you believe the blurb, leaving after the invasion of Iraq. During his time, he would appeared to have served with his battalion in Belize, Northern Ireland and Cyprus, as well as side trips to Canada and a couple of posting to train recruits. Fairly standard except no mention of BAOR or GW1, though he nearly goes to the Balkans. I tried to work out which regiment he might have been, but my memory of who was where in the 90's has long gone!
The story is told with the humour you'd expect of a book of this type, a lot of short anecdotes and quoted conversations, all believable and none that were from the oft repeated barrack room story book, which gave the book authenticity as he was definitely the Army as the same time I was and he has the mood spot on.
He's obviously got the eye for the ladies, or if the book is to be believed, he doesn't actually have to do much they come flocking to him and yet no QARANC was mentioned at any stage and certainly not a busload of them. The ladies arrive and depart throughout the book, if you're looking for pornographically written sex scenes, then this isn't the book for you, but enough detail is given to spice up the book and to be able to differentiate the many lasses he beds and some he doesn't. It would interesting to know if he kept a little black book or it is all from memory.
His Army career, progresses despite his apparent time away from his battalion, his inability to get on with COs and his own professed lack of sycophancy which he states was prevalent in his battalion at the time. He finishes the book as a divorced Staff Officer have been a married Company OC.
It's a fairly easy read, lots of humour and brought back some fond memories of the Army from pre-Iraq times. I'd recommend it for anybody who fancies a bit of light reading that'll make them smile.
These memoirs teem with wonderful, raw, honest touches and moving insights, including glimpses into Billy's early years as well as his military life in combat zones, when deployed in peace-keeping roles, and in training exercises. We get to visit Cyprus, Northern Ireland, Belize and many more as Billy pursues his career with the Army Bitch and a posse of women at his heels.
Utterly absorbing, I hope Jonny is writing more.
Elizabeth Woodham, to use a phrase quoted by Bridget Jones, just a little in love now really...
The thing that struck me most about 'The Trouble with Girls' is the author's sensitive dealings with that most curious of creatures whilst painting a very real picture of army life in the nineties. Billy's quest to find the one is beset by lumpy-jumpered distractions at every turn. This is a poignant tale that should explain to women what nice-guys are really like. Billy tries so hard, but the trouble with girls is they keep appearing and offering a bite of their apple! A very well-written exploration of a single man going through a worthwhile life and finding he is running out of single friends. The observations of a series of military weddings as his friends pair-off for life, while Billy is left as the 'plus-one' are hilarious yet sad. I have recommended this book to many friends who have all enjoyed it immensely, as did I.
It was obvious that Billy was a bit vain when he deployed on a six month tour of Belize with a hairdryer in his bergan, earning himself the moniker Hairdryer Cox. During his military career he did have a lots of sex however, so either that is a lesson in personal grooming to the rest of us, or maybe he got lucky with cushy postings.
Thanks for sharing.
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