Author Archives: David Lowther

About David Lowther

Author of The Blue Pencil, Liberating Belsen and Two Families at War (all published by Sacristy Press)

HISTORY TELLS US : REMAIN

This is a revision of some material I posted about two years ago. From the beginning of the One Hundred Years War to the conclusion of the Second World in 1945, a period more than six hundred years, European nations were at war. The … Continue reading

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WEEKEND IN BERLIN

Ten years or more on from our first visit, my wife Anne and I returned last weekend  to Berlin. We had a very decent hotel, close to Checkpoint Charlie, and we spent Friday afternoon walking in the warm sunshine. Crossing the … Continue reading

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DISCOVERING JUDITH KERR and WHEN HITLER STOLE PINK RABBIT In November 2013, the BBC in the UK screened a programme called Hitler, the Tiger and Me about the children’s writer and illustrator Judith Kerr OBE. I am ashamed to say … Continue reading

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DEFENDING THE MONUMENTS MEN George Clooney’s film The Monuments Men opened in the UK  to generally poor reviews a couple of weeks ago. The story was based on fact and followed seven men (later eight) who tried to recover billions … Continue reading

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SUITE FRANCAISE by IRENE NEMIROVSKY. The story of an extraordinary novel

    Something about the novel to start. It was written in 1941-2. There are two novels, linked by a small French community which appears in both tales. It doesn’t feel like an unfinished novel, but it is. The reader … Continue reading

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RED LOVE by MAXIM LEO: A review

Red Love is an autobiographical memoir by Maxim Leo who was nineteen when the Berlin Wall came down in November 1989. It’s not, strictly speaking, an autobiography, since the author devotes a great deal of space recounting the lives of … Continue reading

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THE SECOND WORLD WAR and THE EUROPEAN UNION

In the summer of 1945, Germany lay in ruins. Millions were dead either in battle, through persecution or as a result of allied bombing raids. The transport structure had been almost totally destroyed, there was a desperate shortage of food … Continue reading

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EUROPE AT WAR 1939-1945 No Simple Victory. Thoughts on Norman Davies’ superb book

 There are, of course, enough books about the Second World War to fill the Grand Canyon. There are illustrated books, novels, personal memoirs and narratives. In my rather limited experience there’s not too much in print which could be called … Continue reading

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VENGEANCE and THE SECOND WORLD WAR   I make no apologies in saying that the majority of detail in this post  comes from Keith Lowe’s superlative book Savage Continent, Europe in the aftermath of World War II. Growing up in … Continue reading

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Writing TWO FAMILIES AT WAR

By the end of September, I hope to submit the manuscript of my second novel Two Families at War to my publisher. I’m almost satisfied with it (my editor may think otherwise!). This is the fourth draft of a novel … Continue reading

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