First, a disclaimer: this review will not touch upon some recent, odd behaviour of this book’s author, Orlando Figes, because I can’t see that it’s relevant.
The craters are all filled in, the ruins replaced, and the last memories retold only in the whispery voices of the old.
The perception of war changes, remarked the poet Robert Graves, when ‘your Aunt Fanny, the firewatcher, is as likely to be killed as a soldier in battle’.
Undeniably the Hawker Hurricane has suffered the fate of the less pretty sister.
The Matterhorn, at 14,679 feet in the Alps, is said to be very difficult to climb.
Nobody who reads Nigel Farndale’s The Blasphemer is likely to complain about being short-changed.
Men of War: Courage under Fire in the 19th-century Navy, by David Crane
Americans in Paris, by Charles Glass