Rory Clements

Nucleus

June 1939. England is partying like there's no tomorrow... but the good times won't last. The Nazis have invaded Czechoslavakia, in Germany the Jewish persecution is widespread and, closer to home, the IRA has embarked on a bombing campaign. Most worryingly of all, in Germany Otto Hahn has made the atomic bomb possible. And German… Continue reading Nucleus

Mary Ann Shafer

The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Society

Author: Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows | Publisher: Bloomsbury The war is over. Juliet Ashton is grappling with writer’s block when she receives a letter from Dawsey Adams of Guernsey – a total stranger living halfway across the channel, who has come across her name written in a second-hand book.  Juliet begins writing to… Continue reading The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Society

Happy Little Bluebirds Louise Levene
Louise Levene

Happy Little Bluebirds [Book Review]

Author: Louise Levene | Publisher: Bloomsbury It is September 1940 and Evelyn Murdoch, a translator from the Postal Censorship department, is uprooted from her home in wartime Woking and transferred to Hollywood. She is to assist a mysterious British agent in his attempt to outwit the Los Angeles German delegation and boost the British propaganda… Continue reading Happy Little Bluebirds [Book Review]

Distant Mirror Barbara Tuchman Penguin Books
Barbara Tuchman

Distant Mirror [Book Review]

Author: Barbara Tuchman | Publisher: Penguin One of the more interesting books I have read recently, A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century (the full name of which I will not be using again, because, no disrespect, but it is longgg) attempts to synthesise a broad range of influences (religion, death, disease, family life, war,… Continue reading Distant Mirror [Book Review]

Dear Mrs Bird A J Pearce
AJ Pearce

Dear Mrs Bird [Book Review]

Author: A J Pearce | Published by: Picador, March 2018 Emmeline Lake and her best friend Bunty are trying to stay cheerful despite the Luftwaffe making life thoroughly annoying for everyone. Emmeline dreams of becoming a Lady War Correspondent and when she spots a job advertisement in the newspaper she seizes her chance – but… Continue reading Dear Mrs Bird [Book Review]