The occupation of the British Channel Islands from June 1940 to May 1945 rarely features in the popular narrative of the Second World War nor has it, for the most part, captured the attention of writers, Mary Chamberlain tells Historia in her review of Duncan Barrett’s When the Germans Came, the paperback reprint of his 2018 account, Hitler’s British Isles.
Mary Chamberlain was the first author to be published by pioneering women’s press, Virago. As this week marks the 45th anniversary of the company’s founding, Mary remembers those early years. On 18 June 1973 Carmen Callil registered Virago Limited at Companies House. Its business? Book Publishing. Marsha Rowe and Rosie Boycott were listed as directors. […]