‘Channels Loach’s righteous anger at the grotesque carnival of the Iraq war.’ – Time Out

ROUTE IRISH is a fast-paced conspiracy thriller that delivers a fresh insight into the moral and political corruption at play in Iraq. As well as exploring the actions of private security firms on the ground in Iraq, Loach and screenwriter Paul Laverty examine the effects of combat on security contractors – the new ‘soldiers’ of modern warfare – who witness the horrors of combat and are subject to post-combat stress yet receive little support from the state upon return home.

The book of the film features the full screenplay, an introduction from Paul Laverty, the backstory for principle characters Fergus and Frankie, production notes and photographs from the film, plus three key background essays that provide extended context to the film:

Aftermath by Mark Townsend looks at the legacy of the war in the minds of returning British soldiers and the serious consequences for our own communities with the ticking time bomb of post-traumatic stress disorder.

Private Security Contractors in Iraq: the lifeline of neo-colonial rule
by Haifa Zangana illustrates the how the occupation of Iraq continues its brutality in increasingly private hands.

Justice for Iraq by Mike Phipps calls for justice for a country ravaged by war and occupation in the face of a political establishment with a will for collective amnesia.

Route Irish is available in paperback and for Kindle. Click here for more details and to order.

Ken Loach will be signing copies of the book at Watertstones, Liverpool, on Monday 7 March, 2pm. Click here for details.

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