While the men were at war women ruled the streets. Kate Thompson tells the vivid and moving stories of the matriarchs who remain the backbone of London’s East End to this day.
Second World War
Brought back into print by Pushkin Press, Madeleine Bourdouxhe’s 1944 short story collection highlights the lives of conflicted female characters in beautiful prose.
Written with warmth and humour as a series of letters, this novel appeared in my life when most needed.
Week two of a month-long celebration of favourite non-fiction reads. In this post we look at a perfect book pairing.
A necessarily brief review (I’m posting this from a sandy beach in Cyprus) of a dark but inventive short story collection set on 15th August 1945 – the day Japan surrendered and the Second World War formerly ended.
A short but shocking Dutch war classic by a writer who has drawn comparisons to Joseph Heller and Kurt Vonnegut.
A moral allegory and spiritual autobiography, The Little Prince is the most translated book in the French language.
The story of an unexpected and forbidden love affair that developed between America’s First Lady and a well-known female journalist.
I have completed the fourth and final week of my online course, How to Read a Novel, in which we turned our attention to setting.
Craig Larsen’s novel is a harrowing tale of survival in desperate circumstances. It will undoubtedly appeal to readers of gritty noir wartime thrillers.
Estoril is a comedy-cum-spy story set in a luxurious hotel during the height of the Second World War.
Walking Wounded is a brilliantly crafted, often harrowing, powerfully intense piece of work, which deserves to win awards.
Iris Origo was known to me as being one of the finest diarists of the 20th century for her moving and compassionate journal detailing Italy’s disastrous involvement in the same conflict.
In late 1942, when Ludwig (Lale) Sokolov passed through the most notorious gates in modern history, he was a healthy, bright, outgoing young man with a penchant for the company of women.
It is difficult to know how to define Life After Life, Kate Atkinson’s 2013 Costa Book Award winning novel.