Sam Angus was born in Italy, grew up in France and Spain and was educated rather haphazardly in most of these countries, at many different schools. She was asked to leave at least one school. She studied English Literature at Trinity College, Cambridge where she kept a dog until he was discovered being smuggled out of college in a laundry basket. So she was summoned and asked to leave Cambridge too. Unless the dog left, in which case she might stay. "
" She taught A level English before spending a decade in the fashion industry and now writes full time. "
" She lives between Exmoor and London with improvident numbers of children, dogs and horses.
The Colonel Richardson in my novel is based on Colonel Edwin Richardson, who in 1917 set up the War Dog School. Richardson was a gentle and charming man, whose repeated efforts to get the War Office to use dogs instead of human runners were constantly rebuffed.
I chose the battle of Villers as the setting for the war action of Soldier Dog, for several reasons. Firstly because the importance of the work the dogs did on this particular front. The conditions underfoot at this stage of the war were so appalling, the land so ravaged and water-logged, th...
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