Miss Ranskill Comes Home by Barbara Euphan Todd

Barbara Euphan Todd is best-known as the creator of Worzel Gummidge. But before she got into tales of scarecrow folk, she also wrote this engaging curio: Miss Ranskill Comes Home is the story of a British woman who has been marooned on a desert island, presumed dead. When Nora Ranskill returns to England, World War…

Churchill by Roy Jenkins

  The Second World War is primarily what Sir Winston Spencer Churchill is remembered for: so it says something about the scale of his life and achievements beforehand that we don’t get to September 3, 1939 until page 551 in Roy Jenkins’ brilliant, scrupulous biography. Before Churchill’s Finest Hour, therefore, comes birth in Blenheim Palace, an academically uninspiring time at…