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Wavell - soldier & statesman
Victoria Schofield
John Murray
UK Publication Date

Wavell was one of Britain's great military leaders. With extraordinary resilience, he faced triumph and disaster in the Middle East, Africa and Asia. His renowned victory in the Western desert was matched by the ignominy of the surrender at Singapore and the evacuation from Burma. Wavell's appointment as Viceroy of India was even more challenging, as he began its arduous move to independence. Yet behind such distinction lay an enigmatic man, equally celebrated for his unexpected silences as for his prolific memory and love of poetry.

Drawing upon unpublished letters and diaries, together with interviews with the last surviving generation who knew him, she reveals the hopes, fears and the difficulties Wavell faced. Appointed and yet chastised by Winston Churchill, the failure of one of the most important relationships of WW2 is laid bare.

From this beautifully written, well-researched book Wavell emerges as a man of tremendous sensitivity, a soldier and a statesman, for whom duty was paramount and who, despite his taciturn behaviour, inspired exceptional loyalty. In a world where the origins of today's conflicts lie in yesterday's wars, the story of Wavell's life holds a timeless fascination.

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Victoria Schofield has worked extensively as a journalist and broadcaster, specialising in international affairs, especially in South Asia. As well as travelling widely for the BBC, she has contributed to The Times, Spectator, Independent and Financial Times. This is her first book.

'A brilliant detailed journey through the complex history of Kashmir'
Literary Review on KASHMIR IN CONFLICT

Schofield succeeds admirably by keeping the plight of ordinary Kashmiris to the fore. Her account is scrupulous

One of the best general introductions to the most dangerous place on earth

'Field Marshal Lord Wavell...has gone down in history as an overall failure. This sympathetic biography goes some way towards redressing this harsh verdict, especially concerning the Indian part of his career' - Andrew Roberts
Literary Review

'She is eminently fair, knows Asia well, describes his campaigns lucidly and concisely, and has produced a book which may not be the last word on Wavell but is a great deal nearer to it than anything that has appeared before' - Philip Ziegler
The Spectator

'This well-researched and overdue biography shows [Wavell] for what he was, a true servant of his king and country.'
The Field

'In this excellent biography, Victoria Schofield puts the record straight'
Hugh Massingberd, Country Life

'Schofield's biography is sympathetic towards Wavell without becoming adulatory'
Justin Wintle, Financial Times Magazine

'[Schofield's] book is a worthy tribute to a great man.'
TLS, Jon Latimer

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Generals - Great Britain - Biography.|Statesmen - Great Britain - Biography.|World War, 1939-1945 - Campaigns.
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