In Cold Blood by Truman Capote: Book Review

Truman Capote’s ‘In Cold Blood’ sublimely narrates the murder and subsequent investigation of the Clutter family in sleepy Holcomb, Kansas, in 1959. Capote’s frank journalistic account follows the murderers Perry Smith and Dick Hickock in their journey to Holcomb and their flight from it. He paints them as indefensively human from the outset – and … Continue reading In Cold Blood by Truman Capote: Book Review

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Testament of Youth by Vera Brittain: Book Review

Vera Brittain’s autobiographical account of the First World War is one of the most moving tales of suffering and determination. ‘Testament of Youth’ has been popular since it was first published in 1933 and it endures as a eulogy for the “lost generation” of the war. On the outbreak of the war in 1914, Brittain, … Continue reading Testament of Youth by Vera Brittain: Book Review

Great Britain’s Great War by Jeremy Paxman: Book Review

On the centenary of the First World War, a flurry of new publications have emerged detailing the events of The Great War, insuring that its significance in terms of the changes it provoked and the tragedies and deaths it amassed are not forgotten. Jeremy Paxman’s ‘Great Britain’s Great War’, which goes alongside his television programme … Continue reading Great Britain’s Great War by Jeremy Paxman: Book Review