Allan Massie

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Allan Massie is an author and journalist. He has written more than twenty novels, most recently the Bordeaux Quartet, crime novels set in France during the years of the German Occupation 1940-45. He reviews books for The Wall Street Journal, The Scotsman and The Spectator. He lives with his wife in the Scottish Borders, and is a Commander of the Order of the British Empire and a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.


#RESISTANCE

CA Is Appropriate

CA Is Appropriate

May 26, 2017

Anthony Horowitz, author of the very successful Alex Rider books (teen novels

British Politics

Timing Is Everything

Timing Is Everything

May 19, 2017

William Gladstone, the great Victorian Liberal leader, the most successful

Issue of the Century

We Are All Mongrels

We Are All Mongrels

May 11, 2017

Byron Rogers, a journalist whose work I always enjoy, has a nice story about

Britain

Political Lightweights

Political Lightweights

May 05, 2017

People often complain about the professionalism of politics today, but the

Cultural Caviar

Days of the Clydes

Days of the Clydes

April 28, 2017

The Horseman by Tim Pears is one of the best novels I’ve read in a long time.

Britain

Our Slippery Prime Minister

Our Slippery Prime Minister

April 21, 2017

“The lady’s not for turning,” famously declared Margaret Thatcher, and to

Looking Back

War is Hell

War is Hell

April 14, 2017

Thinking about Syria, I’ve been rereading The End: The Defiance and

International Affairs

The Nuclear Gamble

The Nuclear Gamble

April 07, 2017

Harry Truman was in the White House and Donald Trump hadn’t yet been

Obit

A Complicated Eulogy

A Complicated Eulogy

March 31, 2017

It would have been a surprise if the obituaries of Martin McGuinness, chief of

Elections

Vive le Choix

Vive le Choix

March 24, 2017

The Fifth French Republic was the creation of General de Gaulle. Contemptuous

Cultural Caviar

A Recipe for Relief

A Recipe for Relief

March 17, 2017

The combination of Brexit and an imminent second Scottish independence

Britain

From Brexit to Breakdown

From Brexit to Breakdown

March 10, 2017

The United Kingdom isn’t as old as most people seem to think it is. In its

Britain

A Radical Thought

A Radical Thought

March 03, 2017

History doesn’t repeat itself. Nevertheless, comparisons between the present

Britain

Blair Is Back

Blair Is Back

February 24, 2017

Tony Blair sought to return to frontline politics last week with a speech to

Europe

French Twists

French Twists

February 17, 2017

The Fifth French Republic was created in 1959 by General de Gaulle, and its

Afternoon Delight

No Other Dog Would Do

No Other Dog Would Do

February 10, 2017

For too many months, for the first time in forty years, we were without a dog.

Deep Thoughts

Is That a Fact?

Is That a Fact?

February 03, 2017

When I was young and writing history essays, I kept a store of useful

International Affairs

Separated By a Common Language

Separated By a Common Language

January 27, 2017

Theresa May is clearly delighted to be the first foreign leader to meet

Looking Back

The Importance of Being Ernest

The Importance of Being Ernest

January 20, 2017

Like many who had read, enjoyed, and admired Hemingway, I read A.E.

Russia Watch

A New Way to Approach the Bear

A New Way to Approach the Bear

January 13, 2017

Orwell once wrote that he had never managed to dislike Hitler personally; there

Two States

The Solution Slips Further Away

The Solution Slips Further Away

January 06, 2017

In 1922 Churchill told the House of Commons that “The whole map of Europe has

Middle East Conflict

The View From the Sidelines

The View From the Sidelines

December 30, 2016

Can anyone make sense of the Middle East? Certainly those of us who perforce

Elections

Back to Business

Back to Business

December 23, 2016

The Electoral College has spoken, and it’s full steam ahead for

Injured Parties

Nonsense by Degrees

Nonsense by Degrees

December 16, 2016

Almost twenty years ago, a young man called Faiz Siddique went up to Brasenose

International Affairs

Boughs of Folly

Boughs of Folly

December 09, 2016

It’s more than forty years since Barbara W. Tuchman published her

Terror!

Downgrade ISIS

Downgrade ISIS

December 02, 2016

Counting unhatched chickens is rash. Nevertheless, it does seem that ISIS is

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