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One of the best WW2 memoirs ever written
on 4 August 2017
It's not often that finishing a book leaves me feeling bereft but I had become so caught up in the story and the wonderful characters described by the author that I just didn't want it to end. It is astonishing to think that the author was only in his early twenties when the events described in the book took place (and, to modern eyes, equally astonishing to learn of his complete ignorance of the female menstrual cycle!) but this warm, humane, funny, gripping and moving book has to be one of the finest memoirs to emerge from WW2. His great adversary, Major Hermann Giskes of the Abwehr, has also written his version of the same era (London Calling North Pole) which I look forward to reading although I doubt if it will be half as entertaining. Leo Marks never fully received the recognition he deserved but he has given us a wonderful insight into a truly remarkable achievement.