Yvonne Collinson Heath will never forget the early morning telephone call that changed her life for ever. On 23 March 2002, her eldest son, James - a private with the Royal Logistic Corps - was found dead in mysterious circumstances at the notorious Deepcut barracks. He had a single gunshot wound to the head. It was a tragedy that to this day raises questions. A Mother's War is the heart-rending tale of a woman's personal anguish at losing her son, a boy who dreamed of serving his country but died before he had even reached his 18th birthday. It is also the powerful story of an extraordinary woman who overcame adversity - including the hurt of being abandoned by her father, bullied as a child and abused by a trusted uncle - to find love and raise a son, only to see him cruelly taken from her within weeks of his joining the Army. It reveals how her hopes and dreams ended on that fateful night more than a decade ago and how her quest for answers uncovered sinister secrets and a series of cover-ups that went right to the heart of Whitehall.
Above all else, A Mother's War is the story of how one woman's grief over the death of her son triggered a search for the truth that took her to Downing Street and captured the hearts of the nation.