On espionage

Recently I listened to a free lecture on The Great Courses app (available for iOS or Android) called "Becoming a Spy". I found this intriguing (no pun intended) and really interesting to hear the reasons why an individual decides to betray their country and become an agent of espionage. Several reasons were given, for example ideology, money, a […]

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Ant the daring War Dog who flew with his master and was awarded the VC

This is an incredible story of the relationship between a dog and his master. It is set during the second world war and is a delightful and heart-warming read. In 1940, French pilot Pierre Duval and gunner Robert Bozdech were shot down over no-man's land near France. They took shelter in an old farmhouse where […]

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Mockingbird Songs

There are very few books that I would give five stars to in a review, however Mockingbird Songs is one. R. J. Ellory is one of my favourite authors and I have enjoyed many of his award winning novels. However with his latest novel Mockingbird Songs I felt he had taken his writing to a […]

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Women in wartime

I recently heard a story about an elderly lady living in a rest home who had played a significant role during the First World War. She had lived in the rest home for some five years or so and no one had a clue of her incredible background. This got me thinking about how many […]

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