Tag Archives: war

Why Journey’s End didn’t make me cry

The one thing I think I feared was that Journey’s End would be given the Blackadder treatment. Continue reading

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Three books (soldiers’ diaries of the Great War)

Captain Charlie May is one of the kindest, funniest, most thoroughly decent men I have ever met, on or off the page. Continue reading

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Five books (written during or soon after the Great War)

An irregular series of highlighting the resources which particular inspire or inform my writing. I read a lot of books written around the time of the Great War. There is absolutely no better way to immerse oneself in the language … Continue reading

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The awful attraction of war

I’ve had this quote on a virtual sticky note on my MacBook for several months and I want to tidy it away. It’s taken from a piece in the London Review of Books several years back on¬†Pat Barker’s Regeneration trilogy … Continue reading

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Three books (that bring the early 20th century to life)

Unrequited love and political intrigue; resources which inspire or inform my writing. Continue reading

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Despair and despondency 

These summer months were supposed to be a time of editing and elaboration, fact-checking and polishing but with every book and blog I read I feel a growing sense of inadequacy and futility. Continue reading

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Tinker’s shuffle

The importance of being open to surprise and being ready to learn from the unexpected. Continue reading

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