Hugh Cecil

The face of evil: Irma Grese, one of the most hated of all camp guards, trained at Ravensbrück before moving to Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen. Survivors testified to her extreme sadism, including her use of trained, half-starved dogs to savage prisoners

The ‘rabbits’ of Ravensbrück: a horrific account of the medical experiments performed at Hitler’s only all-female concentration camp

31 January 2015 9:00 am

Concentration camps in Nazi Germany were originally set up in 1933 to terrorise Hitler’s political enemies; as war drew near,…

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The diary that proves Anthony Seldon wrong about the first world war and the public schools

12 April 2014 9:00 am

In March 1915 the 27th Earl of Crawford and Balcarres, with an already distinguished political career behind him, took the…

Journey's End, 1939 Photo: Time & Life Pictures/Getty

To see how good Journey's End is, just look at who it's offended

14 December 2013 9:00 am

‘You have no idea,’ wrote the publisher Ralph Hodder-Williams in 1929 to one of his authors, what terrible offence Journey’s…

‘Miss Mere is in her room, resuming her ordinary attire’

The art of deception

2 March 2013 9:00 am

Max Beerbohm, dandy, cartoonist and penetrating drama critic, was par excellence the observer of the glittering English period that stretched…


A soul in agony

24 September 2011 12:00 am

In this compelling book, Matthew Hollis  analyses how Edward Thomas, for years a frustrated literary critic and prose writer on…


Beasts in battle

29 January 2011 12:00 am

‘Never such innocence again’ wrote Philip Larkin of an unquestioning British people on the eve of the first world war, and much has been made, not unreasonably, of the trusting frame of mind in which young men of that time accepted the arguments for war in 1914.


From void to void, with time to kill

21 August 2010 12:00 am

Just as the slaughter in the trenches of Flanders and northern France gave birth to the tragic verses of Wilfred Owen, so the experience of bombing and being bombed between 1940 and 1945 generated its own major poetry in Britain and the USA.


Anything for a laugh

14 April 2010 12:00 am

A hundred years ago, when Britannia still ruled the waves, the Royal Navy fell victim to a humiliating hoax, reports of which kept the public amused for a few wintry days in February 1910.

Living the pagan idyll

29 April 2009 12:00 am

Frances Partridge, by Anne Chisholm

In a class of his own

7 April 2009 12:00 am

Maurice Bowra: A Life, by Leslie Mitchell

Memoirs of the Great War

10 December 2008 12:00 am

Survivors of a Kind, by Brian Bond


Not forgetting the horses’ indigestion

8 August 2007 12:52 pm

World War One: A Short History
by Norman Stone

Singing in the mud

18 January 2007 7:55 am

This is a courageous and original book. Its editor, Vivien Noakes, is resisting, though not alone (Martin Stephen, Anne Powell,…

Public servant, private saint

5 October 2006 8:35 am

Leonard Woolf had a passion for animals, not unconnected with an appetite for control. Dogs (with the occasional mongoose or…

The sunlight on the garden parties

25 May 2006 11:35 am

Listing page content here As a social and economic phase of English life the ‘Edwardian age’ had a longer span…

Will Haig end up as a cuddly toy?

21 January 2006 12:00 am

If you ask most people in Britain today for their views on the first world war, they tell you that…

A season in Hell

26 March 2005 12:00 am

This sensitive, outspoken diary begins during the dark last days of the ‘dead little, red little army’, the British Expeditionary…