Point Man

Mark Townsend / Current Affairs / Non-Fiction

Book cover

UK Publisher

Faber and Faber (World Rights)

Date Published

January 17th, 2013

Ambushes. Hidden bombs. Snipers.

The point man is the first to encounter these signs of danger.

He’s the soldier who leads the patrol into battle.

Few survive for long.

Between 2007 and 2008, 20-year-old Kenny Meighan was the longest-serving point man in Helmand province. An exceptionally skilful and brave private who came from a family of soldiers, he was lucky to stay alive.

This is the true story of how Kenny took on the toughest test a soldier could face and lived to tell the tale.


What's so good about Townsend's account – quite apart from some meticulously captured action sequences – is the way that Kenny and his dad emerge as far more than symbols. They are flesh and blood.

- Peter Preston, Observer

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