BookPick: Autumn Selection

BookPick: Autumn Selection

by BigJules

With the warmer months well behind us now it’s always a pleasure to curl up with a good book indoors. I have to say that much of my reading time is taken up with specific research for the current Kydd manuscript I’m working on but during breaks from that I find myself delving into an eclectic variety of titles over a broad range of historical periods. This BookPick highlights four very different tomes I’ve enjoyed recently.

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Wartime Service in the Small Scale Raiding Force and SOE, Confessions of a Special Agent

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The story of Jack Evans as he told it to Ernest Dudley was first published in 1957, lifting a corner on the world of special forces and the SOE. The story is recounted engagingly and sets out a world of intelligence that is still little known – Most Highly Recommended.

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Pirate Hunter, The Life of Captain Woodes Rogers

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Captain Woodes Rogers was an adventurer in the Golden Age of Piracy, a name of some familiarity but where few really know much about this real-life seaman and colonial Governor. This book looks closely at the swashbuckling career of a colourful character and the wild times in which he lived – Very Highly Recommended.

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Uncommon Valour, The Story Of The Victoria Cross

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This is a potentially controversial study of the history of the Victoria Cross and changing criteria for the award. This book takes a different approach to that of most books about the Victoria Cross and those awarded it – Highly Recommended.

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To The Last Man, The Home Guard In War & Popular Culture

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The brilliant television comedy series Dad’s Army inevitably caracatured the volunteers who flocked to the defence of their country. This book goes a long way to painting a clear picture of a group of people who were too young, too old, or too unfit to volunteer to join the regular army, but in no way did they lack the enthusiasm and courage – Most Highly Recommended.

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