“Soldier of the Queen” is the first novel in Malcolm’s Boer War trilogy. It tells the tale of a lively lad growing up in the Scottish Borders, falling out with a powerful landed family, and running away to join the army, ending up in the Boer War. The descriptions of farming life in the Borders are vivid and evocative, and the feel for army life and camaraderie, with its strengths and weaknesses, is outstanding. Malcolm is essentially a first-rate historian, and the Boer War comes alive, so that you feel it, in all its terrible tragedies and glories. It was first published in 2003, just too late for the centenary of the end of the Boer War. It is followed by “Horseman of the Veldt” and “Selkirk of the Fethan”, and backed up by “Aspects of the Boer War”, a brief historical account.