When toy soldiers take over a man’s life

ACHTUNG SCHWEINEHUND! By Harry Pearson. Little, Brown, €14.70

17th February, 2007

Harry Pearson doesn’t believe in inflicting his weird hobbies on the females in his family.

‘‘Catherine has never played a war game, nor have I encouraged her to. Call me old-fashioned, but I believe there are some things a woman just shouldn’t do. Piloting a fighter aircraft, working down a coalmine, the Catholic priesthood, serving in a combat regiment on the front line - all that I can accept, but geekdom, no way....

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