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Garfield, “The Paladin” (or: Christoper Creighton’s Excellent Adventure)

Garfield, “The Paladin” (or: Christoper Creighton’s Excellent Adventure)

The Pal­adin, by Bri­an Garfield. New York: Simon & Schus­ter, 1979; Lon­don, Macmil­lan 1980; Book Club Asso­ciates 1981, sev­er­al tarns­la­tions, 350 pages. (Review updat­ed 2019.)

Garfield’s gripping novel: fictional biography?

The late, pro­lif­ic Bri­an Garfield wrote this book four decades ago, yet I am still asked about it—and whether it could be true.

The sto­ry Mr. Garfield tells seems impossible—fantastic. An eleven-year-old boy named Christo­pher Creighton leaps a gar­den wall in Kent one day. He finds him­self face to face with the Right Hon­or­able Win­ston Churchill, Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment. He will lat­er know the great man by the code-name “Tig­ger.”…

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Michael Dobbs Churchill Novels

Michael Dobbs Churchill Novels

My in-laws gave me the four-book series of his­tor­i­cal nov­els by Michael Dobbs about Win­ston Churchill, set against the back­drop of World War II. I enjoyed them immense­ly. They are very enjoy­able reads while also infor­ma­tive and insight­ful of Dobbs’s sub­jec­tive views of the major play­ers of the era. –T.D.

I cer­tain­ly agree. I enthu­si­as­ti­cal­ly endorsed these nov­els in Finest Hour: Winston’s War (FH 116), Nev­er Sur­ren­der (FH 122), Churchill’s Hour (FH 126) and Churchill’s Tri­umph (FH 131). You may be inter­est­ed in Mr Dobbs’s con­tri­bu­tion to our 40th anniver­sary issue last autumn:

A novelist’s eye looks to the inner man: not sim­ply what he achieves but who he is, how true and how strong his heart beats.…

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