Hip Hind Hook


Hip Hind Hook catches the strange unsettling tension of the Cold War, and the idiosyncrasies of regimental life at the eastern border of democracy. Like Nigel Pantling’s previous collection Kingdom Power Glory, this pamphlet draws on the danger, the absurdity and the human frailty that he has seen at first hand.

For the servicemen and women who served in West Germany during this period, the poems will release a flood of powerful memories.  For those who did not have the privilege, they provide a unique insight into a largely forgotten and enigmatic era in British military history.

— Major General (Retd) Rob Weighill CBE


Nigel Pantling served as an officer in the Royal Artillery in the British Army Of the Rhine during the Cold War. In his previous poetry collection, Kingdom Power Glory (Smith|Doorstop, 2016), Nigel wrote about his experience as a soldier in Northern Ireland during ‘The Troubles’, as a Home Office civil servant under the Thatcher Government, and as a merchant banker during the years of rampant mergers and acquisitions of the 90’s. He is now a strategic adviser to company chief executives, and lives in north London.

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