Posts Tagged ‘WWII’

Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave

 Source: Free review copy received from publisher Five words from the blurb: WWII, London, teacher, love, triumphs I loved Chris Cleave’s debut novel, The Other Hand, but his subsequent books haven’t been in the same league. With Everyone Brave Is Forgiven he has returned to form. The fact this is based on the experiences of his relatives […]

The Villa Rouge by Maggie Ross

 Source: Free review copy received from publisher Five words from the blurb: WWII, family, secret, consequences, life I hadn’t heard of Maggie Ross until this book popped through my letterbox, but the PR blurb highlighted the fact that she won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize back in 1969 and so I was intrigued. The Villa […]

The Darkroom of Damocles by W.F. Hermans

 Translated from the Dutch by Ina Rilke Five words from the blurb: occupation, Holland, assassinations, traitors, impossibility The Darkroom of Damocles is set in Holland during WWII. It centres on Henri, a young man who is approached and asked to perform a series of assignments. These become increasingly dangerous, but his loyalty to the British […]

Alone in Berlin by Hans Fallada

 Translated from the German by Michael Hofmann Five words from the blurb: ordinary, German, postcards, attacking, Hitler Alone in Berlin begins in 1940 with a couple discovering that their only son has been killed fighting in France. Devastated by the news, the couple decide to drop postcards which attack Hitler across the city. This act […]

The Night Watch by Sarah Waters

Five words from the blurb: Londoners, 1940s, streets, secrets, liaisons The Fingersmith is one of my favourite books so I had high expectations for this one. The Night Watch wasn’t quite in the same league, but I was impressed by Waters’ ability to bring war-torn London to life. The Night Watch begins in 1947 and goes backwards in […]

Magda by Meike Ziervogel

WARNING: Review contains spoilers. If you are unfamiliar with Magda Goebbels’ story and are sensitive to spoilers I recommend that you read the book, not the review! Five words from the blurb: Goebbells. Hitler, relationship, mother, foreboding A few years ago I read The History of History by Ida Hattemer-Higgins, a fantastic, albeit slightly weird, book […]