I’ve got two books on the go at the moment. Having seen ‘Oh What a Lovely War’ on the stage recently, a musical which satirises the senseless carnage of World War I, I felt the need to read in detail about how the War began and how it was conducted.
1914-1918: The History of the First World War by David Stevenson (Penguin) is a superb work. It explains how a group of civilised, Christian nations could set about destroying each other for little apparent reason, and how millions could go their deaths to win a few yards of earth. A sobering book, showing that humankind learns very little from history.
The second is a thriller by Lee Child, Gone Tomorrow. Lee Child is the master. Understated, economical, totally gripping. I dread reading another chapter because it will bring me nearer the end. I have to ration myself with severe penitential rigor. Oh that I could write about liturgy as Lee Child writes about Jack Reacher, the drifter hero!