Strange how the human brain works. Years ago, I bought my wife Linda tony Judt’s “Postwar”, a massive history of post war Europe that was relevant to an OU course she wa studyingat the time. i’ve known for years that this 800-page monster was sitting on her shelves, and planned that some day I’d get round to it. And then, not quite sure how or why, that day arrived. i happened not to have any books out from the library, had a stretch of time ahead of me without many commitments, so I decided that this was the time. It’ been parked in our front room for a month or more. Each day I’ve come down in my dressing gown, made a cup of tea, and have sat down to read a few pages. And gradually, bit by bit, I’ve worked my way through. There’s no way I’ll remember it all, but as I read I did have this sense of pieces fitting into place, things that had seemed a blur becoming that little bit clearer. One detail, for example. There was no bread rationing in the UK during the war - but straight after the war, there was. We were desperate, broke, and that’s part of the reason why the amazing Attlee government didn’t last.
So now I’m free to read something else, which is nice. But i’m so glad I bothered to get around to this.