Book review by author Kev Reynolds, author of more Cicerone trekking guides than we can count on all our fingers and toes combined!
"I ordered both volumes of Dad's War on Monday; they arrived on Tuesday and by midday Wednesday I was cursing the fact that I had work to do. John Pritchard-Jones may have only been a schoolboy during World War II but he has taught me more about that war from his summary of daily happenings than I ever learned from my own father who was in uniform throughout and was part of the D-Day invasion in 1944. My dad took many years before he could talk about his experiences, but the schoolboy's diaries of John Pritchard-Jones provide us with a history as it happened - the to-ings and fro-ings of British troops and their allies; the uncertainties as well as the moral-boosting successes - illustrated with facsimile maps and photographs which add authenticity. The two handwritten volumes of Dad's War bring with them an immediacy that is missing from most academically written histories - and that's another reason for reading them."