Lance Corporal Martyn Compton s life was changed beyond recognition when he was blown up in a Taliban ambush that killed three of his colleagues. His survival was described as a miracle , as he suffered third degree burns to 75 per cent of his body. He endured 15 operations and doctors used shark cartilage as a base for new skin on his face. But he did not have to face this gruelling ordeal alone. From the moment she heard of his near-fatal wounds, Martyn s fiancee Michelle Clifford found an inner strength to help them both face the future. During Martyn s treatment, Michelle kept a diary in which she revealed her innermost thoughts and emotions she wished she could relay to her wounded partner. Home from War gives a rare insight into the story behind the headlines when soldiers die or are injured. It is also the account of Martyn s battle for adequate compensation. This exploration of how one courageous man came to terms with losing his handsome young face cannot fail to inspire.
LCpl Martyn Compton, a Household Cavalryman, miraculously recovered from a Taliban bomb attack in Afghanistan in 2006. He married his fiancee, Michelle, a school teacher, in July 2008. Marnie Summerfield Smith is a journalist who has written for numerous national newspapers.