VE Day – 75 years!

Friday 8 May marks 75 years since Victory in Europe Day, or VE Day as it's better known. The Second World War was finally over as the (slightly modified) act of military surrender was signed on 8 May 1945 in Berlin. As many others, there had been plans to commemorate this day with street parties, talks… Continue reading VE Day – 75 years!

Requiem for a Wren by Nevil Shute

About the book Janet Prentice is a former Wren who fell in love during the war. The death of her fiance and her hope clouds her future, even when World War II is over. Tragically, her self-destructive urges take her further towards despair. Reviewed by Goodworth Clatford The story pivots around the accidental killing of… Continue reading Requiem for a Wren by Nevil Shute

A town like Alice by Nevil Shute

About the book After the war Jean Paget comes into an inheritance that enables her to return to Malaya. Her return visit changes her life again, when she discovers that a soldier she thought had died has survived. She goes in search of him and finds romance. Reviewed by The Accidental Book Group A lovely… Continue reading A town like Alice by Nevil Shute

Winter in Madrid by C J Sansom

About the book Part thriller, part love story, this tale follows the fortunes of three young men, navigating the tumultous world of 1940s Spain. As the Second World war begins, one is sent to spy on another and the ramifications of a tragic love story will haunt them all. Reviewed by CC Readers Gave fascinating… Continue reading Winter in Madrid by C J Sansom

The Charioteer by Mary Renault

About the book After enduring an injury at Dunkirk during World War II, Laurie Odell is sent to a rural veterans' hospital in England to convalesce. There he befriends the young, bright Andrew, a conscientious objector serving as an orderly. Soon their friendship blooms into a discreet, chaste romance. Reviewed by Sheet WI Mixed reception.… Continue reading The Charioteer by Mary Renault

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer

About the book It's January, 1946, and writer Juliet Ashton sits at her desk, vainly seeking a subject for her next book. Out of the blue, she receives a letter from one Dawsey Adams of Guernsey - by chance, he's acquired a second hand book that once belonged to Juliet - and, spurred on by… Continue reading The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer

The Glass Room by Simon Mawer

The Landauers, a recently married couple, commission German architect Rainer von Abt to build a modern house in Czechoslovakia. The Landauer House, based on the Villa Tugendhat, becomes a minimalist masterpiece, with a transparent glass room as its center. World War II arrives, and they must flee the country, with their happiness and idealism in tatters. As the Landauers struggle abroad, their home passes through several new owners, with each new inhabitant falling under the spell of the glass room.