From hobbits to H-bombs

Britain at Bay – The Epic Story of the Second World War: 1938-1941 Alan Allport, Profile Books, 2020, £25                            ‘The Second World War,’ says Britain at Bay’s flyleaf, ‘was the defining experience of modern British history. It is our founding myth, our Iliad.’ It is the inspiration for an ongoing outpouring of national (often justifiable)… Continue reading

First Lady: The Life and Wars of Clementine Churchill, by Sonia Purnell, and No More Champagne – Churchill and His Money, by David Lough

CHURCHILL’S HOME FRONT First Lady – The Life and Wars of Clementine Churchill Sonia Purnell, London: Aurum Press, 2016, pb., 392pps., £9.99 No More Champagne – Churchill and His Money David Lough, London: Head of Zeus, 2016, hb., 532pps., £25 Winston Churchill is one of the most closely-examined (and lionised) of all politicians, and it… Continue reading

My latest review for Chronicles – two books on Churchill

The June issue of Chronicles contains my combined review of Sonia Purnell’s ground-breaking biography of Clementine Churchill, and David Lough’s illuminating Churchill and His Money. Teaser link here (you need to subscribe to read the full review) –  

Sustained magnificence – Max Hastings’ Winston’s War

Sustained Magnificence Winston’s War: Churchill 1940-1945 Max Hastings, New York: Alfred A. Knopf 576 pp., $35.00 Sixty-five years after the last guns ceased firing on the last Pacific atoll, Britons of all political persuasions are still wallowing in tepid World War II nostalgia. For Atlanticists, neoconservatives, and classical liberals, the war was a great Anglo- sphere… Continue reading