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Mercenary Mum
My Journey from Young Mother to Baghdad Bodyguard
Neryl Joyce

How does a supermarket cashier and single Mum become a fearless Baghdad bodyguard in the battlefields of Iraq?

This is the true story of Neryl Joyce, a young Australian woman, struggling to pay the bills, who signed up to be a soldier. After a stint with the Australian Army’s elite Close Personal Protection Unit, Neryl joined a private security firm inside Baghdad’s heavily guarded Green Zone. Here, she defended high-risk foreign targets from opportunistic assassination inside Iraq.

As a female bodyguard in the Middle East, Neryl had to be as good as—or even better than—any of her fellow soldiers. With courage and heart, she navigated sexual discrimination and abuse, operations on the world’s most dangerous road, and the unrelenting brutality of a man’s world. But the longer she stayed, the more convinced she became that disaster was imminent.

Somehow, Neryl survived to return home to her son and tell this heart-stopping and inspirational story.

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In the News

From single mum to Baghdad bodyguard: Neryl Joyce’s life story set for the big screen

Tim Clarke | Perth Now

Her journey from young single mother to Baghdad bodyguard took Neryl Joyce to hell and back. Now it has taken the former defence force graduate and private security contractor to Hollywood, with major production companies clamouring to put the Perth mum’s life less ordinary onto the screen. Read full article here.





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Mercenary Mum by Neryl Joyce
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Format: Pb C Format 229mm x 152mm
Extent: 256pp
ISBN: 978-0-9924658-5-8
Published: September 2019
RRP: $29.95 ($11.99 ebook)
Distributed: Fontaine Press
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