By Sonya Hartnett

What does a home and a house suggest to a author? Acclaimed writer Sonya Hartnett is firmly Melburnian yet has restlessly moved from suburb to suburb in her look for the 'Last condominium' that distinct nook of the area during which to settle and locate contentment. Viewing her lifestyles and paintings in the course of the lens of genuine property, she vividly remembers the locations she has undergone on her strategy to discovering domestic. increasing on her 2010 Redmond Barry lecture, this brief memoir is a superbly atmospheric exploration of the assumption of domestic and what it capability to be a author in a urban of Literature.

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In theory each mentoring team would have had two interpreters, the same two interpreters to get used to working with. indd 49 25/05/12 8:55 PM ’terp’, would get dicked for the job in hand. We quickly realized that unless a ’terp was in his good books, or more likely making sure he took a cut of his pay, he would get disproportionately picked on for the dangerous, uncomfortable missions. Our first ’terp was a nice, scruffy kid called Shabir, which was too easy for the Guardsmen and immediately became Shabi.

Mohaiyadin cut a pretty fearsome figure whether in camp or out on the ground. Whip-smart, either shaven* The motto of the United States Military Academy is ‘Duty – Honor – Country’. No prizes for guessing where the NATO staff officer who came up with the motto of the Afghan National Army which is ‘Allah – Honour – Country’ studied. † The finest leadership course in the world, so we were told. I guess that was because they didn’t do log-races at Harvard Business School. indd 36 25/05/12 8:55 PM headed or bald (you wouldn’t have asked), he looked like an Afghan Patrick Stewart but with a thick moustache and a glare that would have silenced the bridge of the Starship Enterprise even if it had been crewed by squabbling, mutinous Pashtuns.

The Gurkhas could have stuck their underpants on their head, two pencils up their noses and answered every question ‘wibble’ and it wouldn’t have made a difference. When it mattered, they were still professional infanteers, still moved instinctively through the dead ground, spaced themselves out and at the first crack of simulated enemy fire got rounds down in the other direction and hit the deck. If we’d thought training with the ‘Yorkshire ANA’ was surreal, it had nothing on seeing a squad of Gurkhas getting bollocked time and time again for doing their job too well.

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