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Read the History behind The Crown

Posted on: 28/11/2019 with tags: English History, historical fiction, historical novel, history, lady anne glenconner, the crown, world war II, 20th Century, British History, Royal Family, WW2

If you are, like us, hooked by the recent third series of The Crown (definitely NOT on our third re-watch, definitely not), then you’ll also want to know more about the history behind the events portrayed in the episode. We’ve pulled together a selection of ‘further reading’ for those looking to delve deeper. Lady in Waiting by Anne Glenconner THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER THE TIMES MEMOIR OF THE YEAR 2019 ‘Remarkable . . . If your jaw doesn’t drop at least three times every chapter, you’ve not be…

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Explore the archives of the Imperial War Museum

Posted on: 08/11/2019 20th Century, WW2

Take time out this November to rediscover four wartime classics from the archives of Imperial War Museums (IWM). Listen to the works of forgotten writers of the Second World War, read by a selection of great narrators including Jonathan Keeble and Matt Addis, and get a new insight into life on the front and at home. From the D-Day landings to jungle warfare, and a murder mystery set against the backdrop of the Blitz, these novels provide modern listeners with a fresh perspective on what it was l…

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Andrew Williams: Was Peter Wright a wrecker or saviour for Britain’s Security Service?

Posted on: 13/09/2019 with tags: Cambridge Five, Witchfinder, 20th Century, Cold War

In my first days at the BBC, more than thirty years ago, the struggle between Her Majesty’s Government and a frail pensioner down under was at the top of the running order nearly every night. Poor old Peter Wright limping to an Australian court on a stick, the last of his white hair just visible beneath a bush hat. He was an elderly David challenging an army of lawyers. Always a genial smile for the cameras as if he was relishing a contest that was viewed in many places around the world as one o…

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The Central Park Five: A reflection

Posted on: 04/07/2019 with tags: author blog, history, 20th Century

The case of the Central Park Five is being revisited with a new acclaimed Netflix limited series on the subject, When They See Us, directed by Ava DuVernay. About the book: This is the only book that is going to tell you all you need to know about one of the most infamous criminal cases in American history. A trial that, thirty years on, still bears a striking, and unsettling, resemblance to our current political climate in the era of President Donald Trump. In April 1989, a white woman who came…

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