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.”…
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.…