Congratulations mum-to-be! You look great, really. Are you enjoying maternity leave? Not long until the baby arrives now, right? Well, maybe. He might come early, you might be hanging around for three weeks more than you thought. Whichever it is would you allow me to offer a little advice? These are things I want to say to every first-time mum when she announces she’s off on mat leave or approaching her due date, but often can’t because, you know, people don’t like being given advice out of the blue. But you’re looking for suggestions, aren’t you? Looking for what to do while you wait? That’s why you’re here. That makes you a captive audience so allow me to get this off my chest! Hurrah!
So call me a philistine, but whilst I find history fascinating I find it easier to take on board when it’s folded in to a bit of frothy romance. Perhaps it’s just the lack of brain power caused by continuing sleep deprivation, but I do like my facts well-blended with a bit of fiction and that’s exactly what I got in Jo Eames’ novel, ‘Not Only The Good Boys’.
The book tells the story of (fictional) injured Commando, Lieutenant Mike Dixon when he gets posted to an admin position working for the maverick Major General Hobart, who, during the period in which the book is set, lived in the house in Oxfordshire which the author now inhabits. Not many people will have heard of Major Hobart (Hobo) or his peculiar modifications to various tanks that were nicknamed collectively as ‘Hobo’s Funnies’, yet many historians believe it was entirely due to these wacky machines that the Allied Forces were successful in storming the beaches during the D-Day invasions.