The Understudy by David Nicholls

The Understudy could have been a morality tale of an innocent’s bargain with devil – except that the devil is a vain, stupid, unfeasibly handsome actor in a plausibly dire-sounding West End ‘life of Byron’ called Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know. Josh Harper is treading the boards in between conquering Hollywood; his understudy and…

Arnhem by Antony Beevor

If students at the Netherlands military staff college suggested attacking Arnhem by taking the Nijmegen road, they were failed on the spot. Such a plan of attack would be doomed: it was only wide enough for tanks to go single file, with the polders at either side too soft to allow them to traverse. Even…