Picked these up at the closing-down sale of a very good bookshop (so not Borders, obviously).

Terry Charman. Outbreak 1939: The World Goes to War. London: Virgin Books, 2009. I very distinctly remember not going to the IWM exhibition this accompanied when I was last in London. An almost minute-by-minute account of 3 September 1939, sandwiched between a chronology of the months before and thematic chapters on the remainder of the year. Despite the subtitle, very much from the British point of view.

David Kynaston. A World to Build. London: Bloomsbury, 2008. The first half of Kynaston's acclaimed Austerity Britain 1945-1951, so just covering the years 1945-8 -- a fact of which I may not have been sufficiently aware when I bought it.

John Macleod. River of Fire: The Clydebank Blitz. Edinburgh: Birlinn, 2010. This will complement the press viewpoint I gained of the Clydebank blitz through post-blogging it. And it's always good to get a non-London perspective on the Blitz.

Colin Smith. England's Last War Against France: Fighting Vichy 1940-1942. London: Phoenix, 2010. A certain occasional commenter here would probably love this book. Or maybe not, as it seems to be based on evidence.

Edward M. Spiers. A History of Chemical and Biological Weapons. London: Reaktion Books, 2010. Well, who needs excuses to buy books about CBW? It looks to be weighted more towards recent decades than the First World War and interwar period which interests me most, however.

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