World War 2

Some sunny day!

30 December 2009 12:00 am

In August 1945 Cyril Patmore of the Royal Scots Fusiliers returned on compassionate leave from India.

Poisonous relations

30 December 2009 12:00 am

‘The Axis powers and France,’ declared Marshall Pétain and Hitler at Montoire in October 1940, ‘have a common interest in the defeat of England as soon as possible.’ Why this should have been so is one of the many interesting questions to which this book offers no satisfactory answer.

When words were scarce

11 November 2009 12:00 am

Most of us are brought up not badly, but wrongly.

From Madrid with love

21 October 2009 12:00 am

In June 1943 the film star Leslie Howard was mysteriously killed when his plane was shot down by the Luftwaffe on a return flight from Spain.

Magnificent killing machine

23 September 2009 12:00 am

Lancaster: The Second World War’s Greatest Bomber, by Leo McKinstry

Concentrating on sideshows

16 September 2009 12:00 am

It is becoming difficult to say anything new about Churchill as a war leader.

Recent crime fiction

9 September 2009 12:00 am

An Empty Death (Orion, £18.99) is the second instalment of the series Laura Wilson began with her previous book, the award-winning Stratton’s War.

Rich pickings

9 September 2009 12:00 am

Delicious is a word that keeps coming to mind as one reads Jane Gardam’s new novel.

Dangerous liaisons

24 June 2009 12:00 am

Surviving, by Allan Massie
The Death of a Pope, by Piers Paul Read
Coward at the Bridge, by James Delingpole

Darkness at dawn

20 May 2009 12:00 am

D-Day: The Battle for Normandy, by Anthony Beevor
The Forgotten Voices of D-Day, by Roderick Bailey, in association with the Imperial War Museum

Reading between the lines

7 April 2009 12:00 am

‘Voltaire and the Sun King rolled into one’ is how Elizabeth Longford has described her Oxford tutor Maurice Bowra.

Not just Hitler

26 November 2008 12:00 am

The Third Reich at War, 1939-1945, by Richard L. Evans