World War II

A Fantastical Depiction: Guy Saville’s Alternative Histories

There is a character in Guy Saville’s The Madagaskar Plan (Hodder & Stoughton, 2016) whose name we never learn. Although his nom de ...Read Article

Setting as Character in Kate Furnivall’s The Italian Wife

Set against the backdrop of Benito Mussolini’s Fascist state at the dawn of World War II,The Italian Wife is Kate Furnivall’...Read Article

Alex Rosenberg’s The Girl from Krakow Highlights World War II Secrets and Lies

From the dawn of time, war has, by its very nature, necessitated secrecy. To be victorious, one leader could not let his/her ...Read Article

The Train to Crystal City by Jan Russell sheds light on World War II internment camps

Did America have concentration camps in the Second World War? Some Japanese clearly think there was at least one, for they built a ...Read Article

“If music be the food of love …”: Julie Thomas’s The Keeper of Secrets

What gives Julie Thomas’s first novel, The Keeper of Secrets, its global appeal? The opening words of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night might ...Read Article

Travelling Through Time: An Interview with David Downing

Myfanwy Cook talks with David Downing, author of the atmospheric John Russell and Effi Koen spy thrillers, set in Berlin during the Second ...Read Article