Governments have secrets, we know that. What is more they try to discover everybody else’s too. Recent press reports have uncovered the vast extent of it. They eavesdrop on everyone. But families are up to the same tricks too. It is amazing how many of them have their subterfuges and deceits. Sometimes it is to cover up a scandal or fraud, sometimes it’s about money, sometimes sex. Secrecy is a theme that emerges through the story of ‘ShellShock’. An elderly lady finally owns up to a painful episode which occurred decades before, two of the characters commit an indiscretion and swear never to tell and, behind all these skeletons in the cupboard, lurks the conflict which precipitates the shellshock of the soldier. It is a secret war fought in the deserts of Arabia. It actually happened between 1970 and 1976 but hardly anyone knew about it. The SAS and RAF were supporting a local sheikh who was in conflict with some insurgents who were being armed by the Russians and Chinese. It was all cloak and dagger stuff, one of the many skirmishes in the Cold War. This is part of the background to "ShellShock" although the writer has used his imagination extensively to create his story. But that’s his secret.