IN 200 years of service to the British crown, never before has a serving Gurkha solider written an account of his own life.

Gurkha: Better to Die than Live a Coward by Colour-Sargeant Kailash Limbu recalls the terrifying and exciting details of 31 days under siege from the Taliban, interspersed with the story of his own life as a villager from the Himalayas.

He grew up in Khebang village, one of the most remote in the whole of Nepal. It was a place without roads or electricity and he didn’t see a car until he was 15.

Kailash, who is married with two children, joined the 2nd Battalion Royal Gurkha Rifles in 1999 and has undertaken four tours of active service in Afghanistan.

The paperback, published by Abacus, goes on general sale from 5 May, priced £7.99.

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Closing date for entries is Tuesday 3 May.

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