D L Sayers describes the author of a book on Carlyle:
"No research at all ... and no effort at critical judgment. She has reproduced all the old gossip without troubling to verify anything. Slipshod, showy, and catchpenny ... But I believe, poor thing, she is very hard up."
Reminds me of Boris Johnson's book on Churchill. His motive for writing it appears to have been a desire to go down in History as Churchill Mark II who by Getting Brexit Done saved us from those villains across the Channel. And, d'you think, to pay for his wallpaper?
We've just had the Conservative Party Conference. Ms Patel being incredibly muscular about keeping illegal migrants out. But ... I'm sure I remember ... one of the main points of Brexit was that we would be in control of our own borders. So what is now the problem? And "Lord" Frost ranting about how the Northern Ireland Protocol we signed was totally unfair and if Johnny Foreigner doesn't agree to a radical revision, there are all sorts of things we can do to give JF a Bloody Nose.
Going back to Boris and his hero W S Churchill: I do rather enjoy Alternative Histories. If the Chrysanthemum Throne had not saved our bacon by doing a nastiness in Pearl Harbour and thus getting Uncle Sam off his backside, I wonder what the end of the European War would have been.
A stalemated peace biased in Hitler's favour, sealed by the Fuehrer making a State Visit to Buck House? Extermination camps on the Isle of Man?