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‘The Britain we live in today is the Britain of Attlee’s creation’ John Bew on his new book, CITIZEN CLEM

Posted on: 09/09/2016 with tags: biography, Citizen Clem, Clement Attlee, John Bew, Labour Party, non-fiction, Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, 20th Century, World History, WW1, WW2

The gallons of ink spilled on Winston Churchill – and the huge appetite for books about him – have created something of an imbalance in our understanding of twentieth-century Britain. Not only does Clement Attlee’s life deserve to have a rightful place alongside the Churchill legend. It is also more emblematic, and more representative, of Britain in his time. It is difficult to think of another individual through whom one can better tell the story of how Britain changed from the high imperialism…

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Spot the deception: Guy Burgess true or false

Posted on: 28/06/2016 with tags: andrew lownie, cambridge spies, Cambridge spy, espionage, stalin's englishman, 20th Century

Put your detective skills to the test. Can you work out which 2 of these incredible facts about Guy Burgess are the hidden lies? Let us know in the comments below! 1/ Guy Burgess played in the Eton football 1st XI . 2/ His stepfather was an intelligence officer working with Lawrence of Arabia during the First World War. 3/ Guy Burgess’s sexual partners included three other Cambridge spies – Donald Maclean, Anthony Blunt and Michael Straight. 4/ Victor, later Lord Rothschild, was charged with man…

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Why the Balkan War?

Posted on: 21/04/2016 with tags: annabelle thorpe, Balkan War, the people we were before, 20th Century, European

‘Wars are not easy to sell.’ one agent wrote to me, when I was trying to find a home for The People We Were Before, ‘And the Balkan War? That’s more difficult than most.’ It wasn’t what I wanted to hear, but in all honesty it wasn’t a huge surprise. From 1990-1995 a vicious, horrible civil war took place in the heart of Europe. Our continent. And yet most people know little about it and understand even less. Before I wrote The People We Were Before, I was one of them. When I decided to write a n…

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Inspired by The Killing Fields

Posted on: 29/01/2016 with tags: Cambodia, Jacob's Colours, Lindsay Hawdon, The Killing Fields, 20th Century, Asian History, World History

Lindsay Hawdon has written this brilliant and moving article for us about her trip to Cambodia which helped inspire her novel Jakob’s Colours: ‘In October 2011 I set off with my two young boys on a trip around South East Asia for a year.  Though Jakob’s Colours is set during WWII, the following story very much affected a large part of the writing.  The events that occurred in Cambodia, only thirty six years ago, are very similar to what occurred during the holocaust.  Tragically they are still o…

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