I thought Vindolanda was pretty good, but his other books about (if I remember rightly) the Napoleonic wars weren't too great. Lots of buildup to pretty flat battle scenes.The Vindolanda series by Adrian Goldsworthy are a good read for those who enjoy Roman fiction in this case written by a historian who manages to write a pretty good thriller
The book I've referenced tried to explain how Sydney got that close. It's not such an open and shut story.With the finding of both the Kormoran and Sydney wrecks, the accounts given by the German survivors' has proven accurate. The captain of the Sydney unforgivably allowed his ship to close within a mile of the Cormorant, which in reality was just as heavily armed as the Sydney, and the subsequent ambush was devastating. There are now some excellent books on the demise of the Sydney and a very good one on the search for her remains.
No, the same captain had nearly shelled a neutral ship not long before and was determined not to repeat the mistake. However, he allowed his ship's safety to be compromised and paid the penalty for that.The book I've referenced tried to explain how Sydney got that close. It's not such an open and shut story.
I like Lawton’s work, he writes a good unNew fiction read started last night:
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John Lawton’s debut novel: a stunning, WWII thriller introducing Scotland Yard Detective Sergeant Troy. “A delightful, intelligent, involving book” (Scott Turow).
The first of the Inspector Troy novels, *Black Out *singularly captures the realities of wartime London, weaving them into a riveting drama that encapsulates the uncertainty of Europe at the dawn of the postwar era.
London, 1944. While the Luftwaffe makes its final assault on the already battered British capital, Londoners rush through the streets, seeking underground shelter in the midst of the city’s black out. When the panic subsides, other things begin to surface along with London’s war-worn citizens . . .
A severed arm is discovered by a group of children playing at an East End bomb site, and when Scotland Yard’s Det. Sgt. Frederick Troy arrives at the scene, it becomes apparent that the dismembered body is not the work of a V-1 rocket. After Troy manages to link the severed arm to the disappearance of a refugee scientist from Nazi Germany, America’s newest intelligence agency, the OSS, decides to get involved. The son of a titled Russian émigré, Troy is forced to leave the London he knows and enter a corrupt world of bloody consequences, stateless refugees, and mysterious women as he unearths a chain of secrets leading straight to the Allied high command.
“An exciting, fast-moving mystery set against the backdrop of the London blitz in 1944.” —Booklist
Thurber is always refreshing to read, in an nostalgic frame of mind. I've been re-reading some of Patrick Campbell's old output. Again, mostly collections of his essays, and most amusing they are too.Away from home so packed a few old Penguins -
The Day It Rained Forever, Ray Bradbury. SF short stories from 1958 - those about rockets and Mars are, technically speaking, horribly dated but even in them there is usually a very inventive look at the human condition.
Lanterns and Lances, James Thurber 1959 ish. Basically an anthology of his later magazine articles Always a fan of his dry humour and 100% with him about damage being done to the English language examples of which he sends up very sharply. A few pot boilers and some a bit rambling but still vg overall.
Now starting the Thurber Carnival, selections of short pieces from several different publications going right back (he born 1894). Aunt Wilma who thought electricity leaked out of sockets if there wasn't a bulb in and so forth.
Also recently re-read (because I'm about to lend them to my brother so shall I see them again ??)
The M Room by Helen Fry:
which has a lot of psychology stuff to skip through, what matters in both books is the exact evidence of non-SS participation in the deliberate murder of defenceless prisoners, particularly Jews, including women and tiny children.
As an aside Tent Park which was the first and chief UK PoW bugging centre was once in the hands of a forebear of mine who bought it by accident due to waking up with a start when it was being auctioned, which was taken as the winning bid.
Now there's a personality I vividly remember his tv appearances in the '60's with that generation of Lady Isobel Barnets and Gilbert Hardings. Especially noticeable for his anecdotes spoken in his very unique 'stammer' speech pattern delivery which added another dimension to a very funny tale. A lovely man.I've been re-reading some of Patrick Campbell's old output. Again, mostly collections of his essays, and most amusing they are too.
Indeed he was, and his books are equally funny; especially if you mentally reproduce his voice.Now there's a personality I vividly remember his tv appearances in the '60's with that generation of Lady Isobel Barnets and Gilbert Hardings. Especially noticeable for his anecdotes spoken in his very unique 'stammer' speech pattern delivery which added another dimension to a very funny tale. A lovely man.
Ta for the info.Just started The Fort by Bernard Cornwall a novel based on a true story during The American War of Independence, featuring actual real life characters as well as fictional.
When I say just started I mean just that, read the first chapter and I’m glad to say it feels like it’s going to be a damn good read like all his books are.
Fecking hell. You used to be able to get them new for 20p. Read about a hundred of them when I was a teenager. Calamity Jane and Belle Starr may have featured in several fantasies.
Read The October Man novella by Ben Aaronovitch. Basically a short version of his first Peter Grant- Rivers of London but set in Germany. No stunning plot twists or anything. I assume it's leading to a crossover story or joint mission between the Folly and the Abteilung KDA.
Also read this week a book the author of which Aaronovitch tweeted about. The Ides of April is the first in a series featuring Flavia Albia, a comely young widow in ancient Rome who works as a sort of private investigator and who has to help solve the mystery of a serial killer on the Aventine. You'll figure out the culprit a chapter or two before Flavia does. Lindsey Davis is the author of the series and also a previous one featuring Flavia's father.