Why was the British army so ill-prepared to fight the second world war?

13 January 2024 9:00 am

After 1918, the general staff ceased to focus on who they might have to fight next and how, leading to the abysmal performance of the army in Norway and France in 1940

More stirring stories of little ships

13 August 2022 9:00 am

‘I found this story by accident,’ begins Julia Jones’s Uncommon Courage, referring to documents belonging to her late father that…

Too much sound and fury in Christopher Nolan’s movies

31 October 2020 9:00 am

In 2006 the director Christopher Nolan filmed an adaptation of one of my novels, written a decade and a half…

Visual, visceral, confusing

22 July 2017 9:00 am

Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk has already been described as ‘a masterpiece’ and ‘a glorious, breathtakingly vivid triumph’, but we need to…