John Corsellis

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Flowers in the Minefields - John Jarmain - War Poe&hellip by John Jarmain
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a fine appraisal, 2 Dec 2012
2012 has seen a sudden surge of interest in half-forgotten WW 2 poets with the appraisals of two soldier-poets and one pilot-poet: first Peter Conradi's Edward Thompson and Helen Goethals's Timothy Corsellis, and now James Crowden comes with his John Jarmain. Crowden has insights gained from being a former officer and a poet himself, and his admirable book compares creditably with the brilliant performances of his two competitors - both professors with strong track records.
Flowers in the Minefields is a beautifully produced book, well typeset on excellent paper and generously illustrated with photographs from the Imperial War Museum. Crowden's appraisal, supplemented by highly… Read more
A Foot in Both Camps: A German Past for Better and&hellip by Marcus Ferrar
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I co-authored Marcus Ferrar's first published book seven years ago, which I hope does not disqualify me from reviewing this one. The five previous reviews describe the book's contents and evaluate its five-star merits admirably, but miss out one aspect. It is an outstandingly good introduction to the Germany of today, enabling anyone visiting the country for the first time to understand in much greater depth what he or she is seeing. As such it should be in every college and school library, and should be given to the many thousands who go in particular on youth trips and exchanges, which contribute so much to mutual understanding. And to prove how carefully I read the book I point out… Read more
A Very English Hero: The Making of Frank Thompson by Peter J. Conradi
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Being an admirer of Conradi's biography of Iris Murdoch, I knew what to expect, and I was not disappointed. This is the meticulously researched biography of a man who, although he died - was murdered - at the age of 23 towards the end of World War II with little apparently achieved during his lifetime, still was deemed sufficiently notable to be included in the ranks of the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, primarily for the promise shown in his poetry. The book richly deserves the enthusiastic endorsements of Antony Beevor and Margaret Drabble.

Frank Thompson was a complex character: with effortless charm, a brilliant linguist, often hopelessly drunk so that it was… Read more

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