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The Man I knew,
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This review is from: Malta Spitfire Pilot (Hardcover)
I was particularly keen to read this book as Denis Barnham was the Art Master at Epsom College and the first edition of this book was published while I was a student at the College. As schoolboys we knew nothing of his war time experiences and I was not aware of the existence of his book till I saw the BBC Programme about the defence of Malta earlier this year.
It is a very personal and frank expression of the way in which a man who was a pacifist by nature basis reacted to the pressures of constant danger and the daily threat of being killed and how he managed to retain a sense of personal morality in an environment where respect for human life was pushed aside.
He saw the world through the eyes of an artist and it is a shame that a number of his drawings were destroyed by the local police who suspected him of being a spy. The narrative is immediate and direct as it is taken from a diary which was written while the emotions of each day were still fresh in his mind.
I enjoyed the book and found the foreword by his widow who was writing at over the age of 90 some 30 years after his death was very revealing..