Books of the year 2010 | Amanda Craig

Operation Mincemeat by Ben Macintyre

Ben Macintyre's elegant and hugely funny Operation Mincemeat (Bloomsbury, £16.99) gave delight to my entire family. The true story behind the plot to make Hitler believe, by means of papers planted on a corpse, that the Allies were going to invade via Greece rather than Sicily, it celebrates the triumph of the wildest English imagination over plodding German fascism, and proves that novelists, painters, liars and underdogs did as much as anyone to win the war.


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This article first appeared in the 22 November 2010 issue of the New Statesman, Advantage Cameron