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Gurkha: Better to Die than Live a Coward: My Life in the Gurkhas

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Publisher's Summary

In the summer of 2006, Colour-Sargeant Kailash Limbu's platoon was sent to relieve and occupy a police compound in the town of Now Zad in Helmand. He was told to prepare for a 48-hour operation.

In the end he and his men were under siege for 31 days - one of the longest such sieges in the whole of the Afghan campaign. Kailash Limbu recalls the terrifying and exciting details of those 31 days - in which they killed an estimated 100 Taliban fighters - and intersperses them with the story of his own life as a villager from the Himalayas. He grew up in a place without roads or electricity and didn't see a car until he was 15.

Kailash's descriptions of Gurkha training and rituals - including how to use the lethal Kukri knife - are eye-opening and fascinating. They combine with the story of his time in Helmand to create a unique account of one man's life as a Gurkha.

©2016 Kailash Limbu (P)2016 Hachette Audio UK

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    Mark Sugrue 29/10/2016
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    "Ayo Gurkhali"

    I have read many books on the Gurkhas and this was a refreshing change to read it in a serving Gurkhas words. This is a book I will read again. I would be pleased if Kailash was to write a follow on volume.

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    04/08/2017
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    "Worst book ever"

    Worst book I've ever had the pleasure of, start by skipping to chapter 8 and then be prepared to skip half of each chapter there on. Boring!!!!

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    Danny Andrews 07/07/2017
    Danny Andrews 07/07/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "ghurka meets durka durka"

    great insight into who the gurkhas are and what they're all about - gutted the book finished. the taliban are a bunch of Jaaartaaaa!

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    Lacey 14/06/2017
    Lacey 14/06/2017 Member Since 2015
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    Excellent. It had me gripped all the way through. i could not stop listening to it

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    Nigel 07/05/2017
    Nigel 07/05/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Good recollection"
    If you could sum up Gurkha in three words, what would they be?

    Well read biopic


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Gurkha?

    Gaz! Great group of men.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    All of them


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Same as the book - Better to Die than Live a Coward: My Life in the Gurkhas


    Any additional comments?

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    JD MCCURDY 03/03/2017
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    "Simply a great story"

    The Gurkha's have served with great honour and bravery in the British Army. I always admired and thought highly of them, this book has reinforced that. Colour Sgt Kailash Limbu has through his story portrayed how steadfast brave and true the Gurkha are both to their service in the British Army and to their comrades, their families. Proud to serve and proud of where they come from and despite their bravery they are humble and respectful. Yes a very good book, and well narrated in a clear Gurkha accent which was most enjoyable to listen to.

    I can highly recommend this book. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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