As L.P. Hartley noted, the past is a foreign country: they do things differently there. And no more so than during the two world wars, a fact that has provided a rich seam for several debut novelists to mine this summer.
The last surviving leader of Norway’s anti-Nazi resistance
Christian House rediscovers his bike as postmen abandon theirs
Write what you know. Isn’t that what aspiring novelists are told?
Christian House talks to Geoffrey Wellum, the youngest Spitfire pilot in the Battle of Britain, the 70th anniversary of which is marked this summer
Art fraudsters, especially forgers, have a popular appeal akin to Robin Hood.
Auction house catalogues are multi-faceted publications.
This year’s summer flurry of debut novels appears to tick all the booksellers’ boxes.
The Rescue Man, by Anthony Quinn
The Other Side of the Stars, by Clemency Burton-Hill
Christian House reviews Emma Smith's memoirs
Christian House recommends a selection of first novels
Christian House extols the virtues of Budapest
At 17, Truman Capote ‘just wanted to get out of Greenwich and get to New York’.
No One Belongs Here More Than You
by Miranda July
Few have done more than Noble Frankland to dissipate the myths and propaganda that fog our understanding of modern warfare.…