Kim Hughes GC
Agent: Julian Alexander
Kim Hughes GC is a British Army bomb disposal expert and is a recipient of the George Cross for his extraordinary acts during the Afghanistan conflict. During deployment he risked his life foregoing protective clothing and defusing bombs manually; he successfully disarmed 119 improvised explosive devices and survived numerous Taliban ambushes.
The back drop to Hughes' memoir and first book Painting the Sand (Simon & Schuster, 2017) is the Afghan War, the conflict where the cold courage of the bomb disposal operator rose to national prominence. No other field of warfare offers the chance of a single individual to come so close to his enemy and fight out a battle of wits where losing can mean death. This is one of the best memoirs that will come out of a ten-year struggle to defeat a hidden, and enduring, enemy.