Book review: Their Finest Hour, by Winston S. Churchill

This is the second volume of Churchill’s six-volume memoir of the second   world war. The dominant impression it gives is of how fine the margin was between victory and defeat. As Wellington said of Waterloo, it was a damn close-run thing. Like the first  volume, it’s enthralling reading.

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Book review: Replay, by Ken Grimwood

It would be a disservice to readers to classify this as genre fiction (science fiction, fantasy or whatever). It is good enough to stand up in its own right as fiction pure and simple, and fiction of very high quality at that. It is also a metaphysical novel, but one that avoids any direct allusion to metaphysics. It’s a book I find I can reread at intervals: a good test indeed. Read more

Book review: The Gathering Storm, by Winston S. Churchill

This is the first volume of Churchill’s six-volume memoir of the Second World War. It is in two parts. Book I describes events in the years preceding the outbreak of war and Book II deals with the start of the war. I initially published the reviews of each part separately but here they are combined as one review.  Read more