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on 3 April 2017
I bought this book because I love reading WW2 history. I hadn't read any by Mr Holland before - I know, I know...How could I not? I don't know, okay? - but I will not be so remiss in future. I read the reviews on this book and couldn't find a bad one, so that AND the fact that I realized I knew absolutely nothing about Malta's part in WW2 - other than it held the dubious title of, 'The Most Bombed Place On Earth' at one time - so decided to give it a go...
What a read! What history! What characters! What a people!
This book reads like a fictional, historical epic BUT it's all true. The author (now one of my 'must read' list toppers), writes in an uncomplicated style: yes there are facts but they serve to supplement the story, NOT smoother it. This book not only taught me history, it engaged me....How to convince you? Maybe the highest praise this amateur historian can allocate this book is to say, it's up there with ANYTHING written by Anthony Beever or Max Hastings - surpassing many of those stalwart's titles. I now wish to visit this island, to SEE the place, to FEEL the atmosphere and meet the inhabitants that carry the genes of those that inspired this book. If you ANY interest in WW2 history and if, like me, you know only little of the part played by this Mediterranean island, in the scheme of that conflict, BUY THIS BOOK! If you're not enthralled by it, tell me and I'll buy it from you.
I can not recommend this book highly . Amazing!