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The Spy. Why?

While this is an enjoyable read, it prompts one big question. Why did the author feel that a heavily fictionalised re-telling of this utterly thrilling true story was needed? In the preface Gross says that he wants to tell “the … Continue reading

Sunday, April 21, 2019 in Reviews, Thoughts on the World


This is a fascinating book, although its title and blurb are rather misleading. I was expecting something along the lines of a Welsh Defiance (the story of the Belorussian Otriads which successfully battled the Nazis behind the Eastern Front), or … Continue reading

Saturday, April 26, 2014 in Reviews

Occupational Hazards

Rory Stewart is almost unique as a commentator on the post-war development of Iraq and Afghanistan in the last decade. Following an early military career and extensive travel in the Muslim world, he then spent over a year trying to … Continue reading

Saturday, April 27, 2013 in Reviews

My Early Life

A stirring, inspiring and very funny autobiography by Britain’s greatest leader Continue reading

Wednesday, April 20, 2011 in Reviews

Thirty Four

An inspiring true tale of a very unexpected hero Continue reading

Sunday, April 17, 2011 in Reviews

The Hut Six Story

An excellent, insightful and inspiring book Continue reading

Friday, April 5, 2002 in Reviews

Inside the Third Reich

A fascinating insight into Nazi Germany Continue reading