Book review: Men at Arms, by Evelyn Waugh, 1952

Men at Arms (not to be confused with the Terry Pratchett Discworld novel of the same name) is the first in Waugh’s Sword of Honour trilogy of novels about his experiences in the Second World War. His avatar for the purposes of this semi-autobiographical novel is the urbane Guy Crouchback. Guy is in his mid-thirties,Continue reading “Book review: Men at Arms, by Evelyn Waugh, 1952”

Book Review: Adolf Hitler, my part in his downfall, by Spike Milligan, 1971

If this blog is anything, it is at heart a reading diary, a record of the books I read and my thoughts about them. What I read is not always going to be improving or classic literature – far from it – and it follows that from time to time I will review books thatContinue reading “Book Review: Adolf Hitler, my part in his downfall, by Spike Milligan, 1971”

Book review: How Not to Be a Boy by Robert Webb, 2017

‘How not to be a Boy’ was promoted as a feminist analysis of masculinity in the UK in the 21st century, how toxic it can be, and how it can be avoided (look at the front cover “Rules for Being a Man” if in doubt – confusingly man not boy). It does indeed contain thisContinue reading “Book review: How Not to Be a Boy by Robert Webb, 2017”