My career began in 1974, at high school in Zimbabwe, when I co-founded the student magazine Vortex, which I believe, almost 45 years later, is still going strong.Since then I have written and co-authored several books. I have published and edited several hundred.
In these pages, I would like to share with you some of my work, along with the editorial services that I offer.
- September 13, 2018
- July 11, 2018
- June 29, 2018
The Rhodesian bush war, like most conflicts, has spawned a large number of books but none has been written with the passion of Fireforce. Cocks’s book, more than any other of this particular conflict, smashes home the gross corruption of youth by war … it is an intensely moving story.
Like Reitz’s work, Commando: A Boer Journal of the Boer War, Fireforce, by first-time author Chris Cocks, is a personal account of close-quarter warfare. It is a unique, compelling, sometimes brutal account of a young conscript’s three years of service in the elite Rhodesian Light Infantry … Cocks’s work is one of the very few books which adequately describes the horrors of war in Africa …Fireforce is the best book on the Rhodesian War that I have read … it is a remarkable account that bears comparison with other classics on war … a tour de force.
One is struck with wonder that Rhodesia lasted as long as it did, considering the price that Ian Smith asked of her people to perpetuate white rule a bare handful of years. Cocks does not ask or answer if the sacrifice was worth it, at least not explicitly. It is clear however, that he does not think so … Survival Course stands as a cautionary tale. U.S. Civil War general William Tecumseh Sherman was indeed right: War is hell. And sometimes, so is peace.
Just finished Survival Course by Chris Cocks. After reading Fireforce, which I thought was the best autobiography I had ever read, this sequel is something else. Absolutely the best autobiography I really have ever read, until the cheeky fellow writes a third one. For anyone who has been to war or suffers PTSD or knows what it’s like to live around people with it, it’s a must-read. I’s the only book about the aftermath of war on a man’s mind I can say is out there and I’m so glad Chris had the guts to share it with people. Please, please, please read it.