World War One in Literature


With all the interest in World War One at the moment, I thought it was an opportune moment to review some of the great writing about this war. Although consulting factual sources and documentaries will give us the facts, it is reading well-written personal accounts, novels and poetry which helps us see into the hearts and minds of those who had first-hand experience of this terrible conflict.
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Who writes the best detective fiction?


By Guest Blogger, Terry Ward

I became a devotee of Sherlock Holmes in my early teens, attracted by Conan Doyle’s colourful characters in interesting social situations, climaxing in Holmes’ apparently logical solutions. Then, in my early twenties I went on to read the published work of Raymond Chandler, having already watched the black and white films of Humphrey Bogart, who often portrayed the laconic private eye in many of Chandler’s stories.

In the last two decades I have followed the detective genre in China, Russia, Germany, the U.S.A and Britain. I try to avoid novels which are very violent, or which resort to macho dialogue about guns or cars. Books concerning serial killers do not attract me, because I want realism or – at least – plausibility. Continue reading