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We Were The Lucky Ones

We Were The Lucky Ones

Posted on 7th Feb, 2017 by Sally Campbell

Unlike millions of their Polish compatriots, Georgia Hunter's Jewish ancestors managed to survive the gulags, ghettos and pogroms of 1940s Europe. Her debut novel, We Were The Lucky Ones, weaves the facts of their remarkable stories into a first-person, fictional narrative that, as Publishers Weekly notes, 'side-steps hollow sentimentality and nihilism, revealing instead the beautiful complexity and ambiguity of life in this extraordinarily moving novel.’ Here, Hunter explains in more detail the genesis of the book.

No Picnic on Mount Kenya: Felice Benuzzi's Daughter Reflects on her Father's Adventure

In 1943, three Italian prisoners of war escaped from their prison camp and climbed Mount Kenya with homemade climbing equipment and no maps or proper rations. The story has since passed into climbing legend and is preserved in the mountaineering classic, our Non-fiction Book of the Month for October No Picnic on Mount Kenya written by the escapees’ ringleader, Felice Benuzzi. Here, his daughter, Silvia Benuzzi, shares the story of her father’s remarkable adventure on Mount Kenya, and discusses the guiding philosophy that motivated him both during his years of captivity and his life after the war.

Opening a Pandora's Box

Opening a Pandora's Box

Posted on 19th Aug, 2016

Since its publication last month, Keggie Carew’s extraordinary and utterly unique memoir Dadland has attracted heady praise across the board with a narrative that at once manages to be both clear-eyed but moving in equal measure. Father Tom Carew flourished in war but subsequently floundered in peace, ultimately setting his daughter on a very personal voyage of unexpected discovery

Six reasons why you should read Crooked Heart

Our next Book Club title is Crooked Heart by Lissa Evans. A hilarious, madcap novel set in Blitz-era England, full of criminal enterprise and more than a touch of Dickens.

WW2 espionage...Alan Turing? That’s just the beginning.

WW2 espionage...Alan Turing? That’s just the beginning.

Posted on 16th Sep, 2015 by Max Hastings

When it comes to WW2 espionage, everyone nods and says, Oh yeah, Alan Turing. They may mention Bletchley Park too. And think that’s the end of it. But - as Max Hastings shows - that is only a fraction of the whole...

Hitler's Canary

Hitler's Canary

Posted on 31st Aug, 2014 by Elizabeth Buchan

Author Elizabeth Buchan shares her inspiration for her new book, I Can't Begin to Tell You, and gives us a glimpse at the women who worked in the shadows during World War II.