Shani Boianjiu’s debut novel is a disconcerting and often surreal coming of age story set in the Israeli army. Written by a 25-year old Israeli dubbed as a hot new literary talent, it introduces three young women conscripted into endless boredom and danger, entering adulthood with guns. Boianjiu comes to Jewish Book Week for the UK launch of The People of Forever are Not Afraid. Yael, Avishag and Lea drill constantly for a moment that may never come. They live inside that single, intense second just before danger erupts. And they find that their dreams have stranger repercussions than they have been trained to imagine.