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"You're expendable. A young journalist making his way up the ladder. You're not a public figure like some of them. Not yet anyway."



Recovering from the horrors of war and the Great Depression, Britain clings to dreams of peace as Europe slides towards Fascist dictatorship. Amidst a web of half-hidden alliances, where rumour and reality interweave, Roger Martin begins his ca
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Paperback, 300 pages
Published November 1st 2012 by Sacristy Press (first published April 4th 2012)
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Jude
Feb 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
David Lowther’s debut novel ‘The Blue Pencil’ was published in 2012 and encompasses the author’s love for historical fiction. It is 1936, Britain is in recovery, emerging from the depths of the greatest depression of all time and still reeling from the effects of the Great War. As expansionist forces in Germany threaten to turn Europe into a fascist dictatorship, the British government cling desperately to any hope of peace. The Blue Pencil focuses on the coverage of foreign events in London’s F ...more
Michael Cayley
Aug 10, 2014 rated it it was ok
Told from the viewpoint of a young left-wing journalist, this novel is about Britain's attitude to Germany during the years leading up to WW2. It could have been a very good novel, but in my view it suffers from two substantial defects. First, I think there is too much undigested history and not enough fiction. Second, I found the writing style rather flat, and as a result the book never really drew me in.
Stew
Aug 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Knowing next to nothing about the 2nd World War I've recently read a few superb books on specific aspects of the war, for example D-Day (Giles Milton), Double Standards (Lynne Picknett & Clive Prince). I now wanted to understand in basic terms what were the events leading up to the war. Searching through some reviews on Good Reads I came across this novel which looked promising as one reviewer commentated that there was too much historical background and not enough story, which sounded just the ...more
Gerry O'Sullivan
Jan 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this novel, set in Britain and Europe between 1936 and 1939. I am have a huge interest in that period and am a great fan of the novels of Alan Furst. For example his most recent Mission to Paris: A Novel 'The Blue Pencil' succeeds in capturing, like Furst, the feel of the times. The looming danger, the suspicion, the refugees, the ever threat of war on the horizon.

'The Blue Pencil' tells the story of a young Englishman, from a comfortable middle-class background, recently gradua
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Michael Angliss
Sep 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
In his charismatic autobiographical style, Lowther captures the clean, fluent side of narrative, set in a time of worldwide vacillation about just where the world's future lies: either with Hitler or with the Free World. It is rare for me to read anything but Alistair MacLean but I found Lowther's style and characters eminently readable and this book had me visualising it alongside the likes of McCourt's 'Angela's Ashes'. Lowther is a veteran journalist in his style, conveying historical facts t ...more
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