Patrick Bishop

The First City To Be Coventried

The Coventry raid has stuck in the collective memory for a variety of reasons

A Putrid Pact between Devils

An excellent book on the deal between Hitler and Stalin that shocked the world 75 years ago

Hard Lessons of Afghan History

Two new histories of separate conflicts in Afghanistan show that both the Victorians and a young Churchill struggled at the North-Western Frontier

Boffins and other Backroom Boys

Highlighting the importance of scientists and engineers in defeating Germany is the noble aim of Paul Kennedy's new book, but ultimately he goes too far

No Life Was Untouched

Christy Campbell's focused, meticulous account of the V-weapon campaign of 1944 provides a neat counterpoint to the magisterial grand narrative of Antony Beevor's The Second World War

Remembered Ernestly

Book review of The Letters of Ernest Hemingway Volume 1, 1907-1922, edited by Sandra Spanier and Robert W. Trogdon

The Greatest and Most Terrible

Book review of All Hell Let Loose: The World at War, 1939-1945 by Max Hastings

Underrated: Abroad

The ravenous longing for the infinite possibilities of “otherwhere”

The king of cakes

"Yuletide revels were designed to see you through the dark days — and how dark they seem today"