Tag Archives: World War I

The Turncoat by Alan Murray

I was given the novel, The Turncoat by Alan Murray’s publisher for review. It is a debut novel by Murray but he has written many factual pieces previously and that is somewhat reflected in the language and layout of this book. The Turncoat opens with a prologue detailing the death and destruction wrought on Clydebank, immediately …

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Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks

Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks was recently book of the month in my book group. It is a book often studied for exams. It is an epic love story set against the First World War, a modern classic that was adapted for film in 2012 with which I was already familiar. However, a book group can …

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The Last Fighting Tommy by Harry Patch & Richard van Emden

I usually avoid books with more than one author. However, I was interested to read about Henry (Harry) Patch, an ordinary man who got coaught up in both World War I and lived through World War II. I found a book written about him just after his death. However, I then noticed The Last Fighting …

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The Prince, The Princess and the Perfect Murder by Andrew Rose

In April 1917 Edward, Prince of Wales, (the future King Edward VIII of Great Britain) at a luncheon at the Crillon Hotel in Paris, France had the misfortune to meet the very sexy and utterly loathsome Marguerite Alibert. The Prince The Princess and the Perfect Murder, is the story of the playboy prince, one of …

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Five Little Pigs by Agatha Christie

Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie (nee) Miller was born to a wealthy upper middle class family in Torquay, Devon in the south-west of England on 15 September 1890 and died on 12 January 1976. She is best known as a crime novelist but she also wrote short stories, plays and six romances under the pseudonym Mary Westmacott. …

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Life Class by Pat Barker

Life Class by Pat Barker is a novel that sat on my book shelf for several years.  My Aunt and Uncle gave it to me one Christmas, but I only got around to reading it recently.  When I started it I was not sure that it was a book I would enjoy.  It is a …

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