January 2017

“Sometime before the war began, peace had already gone: the talk was of wars abroad and a coming war at home. In newsreels the Italians bombed Abyssinia and the Japanese in Manchuria fired machine guns on wheels … The fighting at home was about the League of Nations and other politics…  Our shops carried new toy trucks and artillery, but when I asked for extra pocket money my mother made me feel bad.”

–Alastair Fowler, A Boy’s War