Bella’s book club
Now we’re back from our summer travels and anticipating the imminent harvest, September is a month to regroup, establish routines and settle down with good read before it all kicks off again. I’ve got two books on the go at the moment, both of them well worth a read.
The first is Rogue Male by Geoffrey Houshold. This is a 1939 thriller, largely set in Dorset. Our hero, an English aristo, sets out to assassinate a vile dictator, one assumes Hitler. He is captured and tortured but eventually makes a dramatic escape. He gets back to England and hides in Dorset hedgerows (very good bits on how to survive in a hedge!) where closet Nazis hunt him down. There is a film starring Peter O’Toole which is very difficult to find now. The book is better: very quirky but a total page turner and very much of its time.
Travellers in the Third Reich by Julia Boyd gives us more Nazis I’m afraid. This is just out and is an amazing book. It’s a study, if you like, on how it was that so many people from all walks of life, travelled to and stayed in Germany in the 30s and never really noticed what was going on. Cook’s Tours were advertising holidays there in 1939! I really recommend this, it’s such an eye opener.