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John Bowen’s remarkably restrained story relates a chance encounter some 45 years after the war ended.
If poetry was the literary form of the First World War, it was fiction that best expressed the reality of the Second.
Harry Rée was a grammar school teacher when war broke out in 1939. Then he joined Churchill’s secret army.
The division of Berlin created a cage designed to stop a population fleeing. It was a triumph of East German and Russian ingenuity – but it could not last.
In The Thirty-Nine Steps and his other yarns – with their decent chaps in scrapes and men on the run – John Buchan invented the modern spy novel.
Stalin and the seat-of-his-pants spy.
Tim Clark's book makes a subtle but very important point: wouldn’t it be better to learn about your parents’ or your extended family’s life stories while they were living?
It was a relationship that, as Churchill once remarked, was more like brother and sister than mother and son.
Tall, fair-haired and attractive, Maclean maintained a surface allure of charm that eventually failed to obscure the demons wrestling beneath.
It may seem a strange observation, but love is a major component of the author's fictional world.