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Non-fiction Review: The Road to En-Dor by EH Jones

It started as a joke. It became an extraordinary trial of physical and psychological endurance. It’s not hard to imagine the tedium of a group of energetic young men confined in a prisoner-of-war camp, and the lengths they might go

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Non-fiction Review: The Trigger by Tim Butcher

Sarajevo, 28th June 1914: a bullet passed through the jugular vein of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the throne of the empire of Austria-Hungary. A second bullet struck his wife, Duchess Sophie of Hoehnberg. She fell into his lap. He

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Invitation to Ypres

They sent me an invitation to the party, but I didn’t want to go. It was bound to be a bore, and getting there was no fun at all. Hours in cattle trucks and full day’s stroll down Belgian roads

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Inspirations: The legend of Edith Cavell

In 1915, Nurse Edith Cavell was executed by the Germans for helping British soldiers evade capture. Recent research by Dame Stella Rimington reveals she was also involved in military espionage. British propaganda lionised Cavell as a patriotic martyr, and her

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