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.


Lit Crit

Harris Takes On ‘Munich’

Harris Takes On ‘Munich’

September 29, 2017

The other evening I chaired an event in Edinburgh at which Robert Harris was

Cultural Caviar

Who Can Say?

Who Can Say?

September 22, 2017

Long before I started writing about politics, I learned one important lesson:

Environmental Snafus

Why Risk It?

Why Risk It?

September 15, 2017

Twenty years or so ago I was doubtful about climate change and global warming.

International Affairs

Engaging the Hermit Kingdom

Engaging the Hermit Kingdom

September 08, 2017

Writing about an international crisis a couple of days before publication risks

Sports

Out of Bounds?

Out of Bounds?

September 01, 2017

The young man at the supermarket checkout asked me if I would be watching the

International Affairs

History Lessons

History Lessons

August 25, 2017

“History teaches us no lessons but we insist on trying to learn from it.”

Cultural Caviar

Looking Backwards

Looking Backwards

August 18, 2017

Few people will speak in favor of slavery now. It’s illegal in every country

Looking Back

Hitler’s Survival

Hitler’s Survival

August 11, 2017

Robert Harris’ new novel, Munich, will be published in September. It’s too

Cultural Caviar

Swearing Up and Down

Swearing Up and Down

August 04, 2017

What I take to be a very well-oiled revolving door has ejected Mr. Scaramucci

Britain

The Shipbuilder’s Words

The Shipbuilder’s Words

July 28, 2017

In the first chapter of Shadows of Empire, a novel I wrote twenty years ago, an

Cultural Caviar

A Question of Courage

A Question of Courage

July 21, 2017

John Lodwick was a British author—Anglo-Irish, really—who had an

International Affairs

Patience and Time

Patience and Time

July 14, 2017

In War and Peace Tolstoy has Russian generals urging the commander in chief

Media

In Defense of Al Jazeera

In Defense of Al Jazeera

July 07, 2017

It’s probable that few of us in the West have much time for either Saudi

Europe

A Matter of Sovereignty

A Matter of Sovereignty

June 30, 2017

The word “sovereignty” was bandied about during our E.U. referendum last

Cultural Caviar

A Sobering Thought

A Sobering Thought

June 23, 2017

Drinking was great fun when we were young. There were few things that I enjoyed

Terrorism

When the Almighty Delivers

When the Almighty Delivers

June 16, 2017

It’s absurd to say that the terrorism sponsored by ISIS and al-Qaeda has

Winning

Racquet Royalty

Racquet Royalty

June 09, 2017

Next year it will be half a century since tennis went open, with the

Middle East Conflict

A War of Cultures

A War of Cultures

June 02, 2017

Islamist terrorism is going to be with us for a long time; there will be more

#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

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