Posted on 02/18/2019 at 12:17 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Nico Walker’s debut novel has earned him significant acclaim, not simply because of his writing, but because of his own personal story. 

Walker was deployed to Iraq as a medic and came back to the US with significant post-traumatic stress disorder.

In the midst of that and an addiction to heroin, he began robbing banks and eventually landed in prison.

And that’s where he wrote Cherry, which has pleased critics and readers alike.

See what he had to say about writing a novel in prison, serving overseas, and more in an interview with the Guardian.

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