Book Review: No Better Place by Alistair Duncan

Summary: No Better Place: Arthur Conan Doyle, Windlesham and Communication with the Other Side (1907-1930)Following his second marriage in 1907 Arthur Conan Doyle was looking to the future. The years ahead would see the birth of three children, fresh literary success and the discovery of his new faith. Those same years would also see the … Continue reading Book Review: No Better Place by Alistair Duncan

Book Review: A Pride of Poppies: Modern GLBTQI fiction of the Great War (an anthology edited by Julie Bozza)

Ten authors – in thirteen stories – explore the experiences of GLBTQI people during World War I. In what ways were their lives the same as or different from those of other people? A London pub, an English village, a shell-hole on the Front, the outskirts of Thai Nguyen city, a ship in heavy weather … Continue reading Book Review: A Pride of Poppies: Modern GLBTQI fiction of the Great War (an anthology edited by Julie Bozza)

Book Review: Callsign Hades by Patrick Bury

Rating: 5 out of 5Category: Military MemoirThis book is the very powerful, and at times uncomfortable, story of Patrick Bury’s journey through officer training at Sandhurst, into the Royal Irish Regiment and then out to Afghanistan in 2008 in command of 7 Platoon, Ranger Company, who were stationed in F.O.B Sangin in Helmand Province.Patrick writes … Continue reading Book Review: Callsign Hades by Patrick Bury

Parade’s End – My favourite things – 3 of 100 – Fiction

This is the cover from the 2012 Penguin reprint with an introduction by Julian BarnesI first read Parade’s End when I was thirteen and in the throes of an obsession with World War One literature. I’d devoured all the war poetry I could get my hands on, read Birdsong in one long and distressing night – … Continue reading Parade’s End – My favourite things – 3 of 100 – Fiction