I feel like sharing.
I am reading Mr. Churchill’s Secretary by Susan Elia MacNeal. What it’s about is rather self-evident from the title. A very bright woman, a mathematician, is marginalized into a common secretarial position with the P.M. at the onset of the invasion of England in WWII, but quickly becomes the smartest and most valuable member of his staff.
Here’s one of my favorite bits so far:
“Air raid, please. Air raid, please,” they heard Mr. Rance, the overseer of the War Rooms, call. It didn’t surprise Maggie that at a time like this he was using the word please. At No. 10, one said please for everything. She could just as easily imagine him saying, “The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, please. Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, please.”
Want a good historical drama-mystery? Want a great feminist book? Check out the first Maggie Hope Mystery, Mr. Churchill’s Secretary.