Book review: When William Came, by H H Munro (Saki) 1913

More invasion literature, this time a long short story or novella by a writer more traditionally associated with humour, albeit of the more biting kind. I originally read ‘When William Came’ many years ago, and it is one of those stories that sticks in your head, particularly the final vivid image of resistance and rebellion.Continue reading “Book review: When William Came, by H H Munro (Saki) 1913”

Book review: The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford, 1915

This novel has an utterly misleading title. Ford claimed ‘The Good Soldier’ was his publisher’s idea, as an alternative to ‘The Saddest Story’, which may not have caught the public mood, but the commercial appeal of a novel published in 1915 about a ‘good soldier’ must have been hard to resist. Why not go the wholeContinue reading “Book review: The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford, 1915”

Book review: The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan, 1915

This is the novel for which the phrase “what a load of old tosh!” was invented. Buchan, in a short introduction, described it as coming from a genre “which we know as the ‘shocker’ – the romance where the incidents defy the probabilities, and march just inside the borders of the possible”. This is aContinue reading “Book review: The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan, 1915”

Book review: Mud, Blood, and Poppycock by Gordon Corrigan

I am going to assume that Gordon Corrigan is a nice man. In this 2003 Cassell edition of Mud, Blood, and Poppycock he shares with us that he is married and a church-goer, so this is a reasonable assumption. I genuinely do not want to spend ages telling you why this book is terrible –Continue reading “Book review: Mud, Blood, and Poppycock by Gordon Corrigan”

Book review: Trench Warfare 1914-1918 – The Live and Live System, by Tony Ashworth

I do read some interesting books don’t I? This is one of the Pan Military History series, originally published in 1980 (that date is important by the way, and I will come back to it) and was a bit dry to be honest. It’s more of a reference book than a page-turner. Which was aContinue reading “Book review: Trench Warfare 1914-1918 – The Live and Live System, by Tony Ashworth”