London is a city of ruins and rubble: in fighting against a police state Britain has become almost a police state itself. Rationing is still in place, the black market is thriving, medical shortages have resulted in antibiotics being watered down. Though Britain was possessed of great decency there was a limit to what it might be expected to bear after suffering six years of war. The barbarities of war had changed peoples’ attitudes; nobody thought of foreigners in terms of human beings.

Lulled by a series of swift and sure dissolves, in an apparently orthodox romance of Irish immigrant life in post-war … More

The Kindness of Women continues the story of Jim, the young boy whose experiences in Japanese-occupied Shanghai were described in Empire of the Sun. It follows his return to post-war England, setting his childhood in the context of a lifetime. Jim tries, and fails, to find stability as a medical student at Cambridge, then as a trainee RAF pilot in Canada.

Having finally settled into happy family life, his world is ripped apart by domestic tragedy. He plunges into the maelstrom … More

OTD in 1945, there was an unexpected landslide victory for the Labour Party. The result of the election came as a major shock to the Tories given the heroic status of Churchill, but reflected the voters’ belief that the Labour Party were better able to rebuild the country following the war than the Tories.

For over a hundred years, the British Labour Party has been a bastion for working class organisation and struggle. However, … More