The Dodger – review

Tim Carroll has written a fascinating book about Churchill’s cousin Johnny Dodge who was part of the Great Escape.

I usually avoid non-fiction but this kept me engrossed, especially when it deviated from the film. The TV programme on at the moment reinforced my interest but the complex character in this book made it a compelling read. We think we know the facts but, boy, are we mistaken!

I had not realised the family lived quite close to my present home, or that poor Christopher Reeve was approached to play Dodge in another recreation of events that was even more inaccurate than ” The Great Escape.” I found the personal letters absolutely indicative of the time and thus, slightly unnerving. Otherwise the book is an excellent read for anyone interested in recent history.


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I am a retired schoolteacher now writing novels in Worthing where I live with my husband. After eight locally based relationship novels I have now written a children's story which could be considered a pastiche of Beverley Nichol's works which I loved as a child and still remember fondly. " Penny Down the Drain" may remind folk of " Alice in Wonderland " or " Narnia." but it is set in the 21st century. Our two sons are similarly creative as one is a journalist and the other an actor. When there is no pandemic I am the publicity secretary for Worthing Friendship Centre and listen to live music , folk and jazz.

One thought on “The Dodger – review”

  1. As a history buff, I believe non-fiction can be even better than a novel at times. Things that actually happened are sometimes unbelievable and novelists wouldn’t be able to get away with using them in a made-up story. Right? Cheers, Muriel


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