Rough Rid­ers

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by Peter Doyle (The His­tory Press, 240 pages, £20) Fea­tur­ing more than 200 un­pub­lished let­ters from Frank and Percy Tal­ley of the 1st City of Lon­don Yeo­manry – the reg­i­ment also known as the Rough Rid­ers – this book from mil­i­tary his­to­rian Peter Doyle de­scribes the pair’s train­ing in Eng­land as well as their ex­pe­ri­ences in Egypt, Suez and lat­terly Gal­lipoli where the brothers were sep­a­rated but con­tin­ued writ­ing home not know­ing if the other had sur­vived the no­to­ri­ous bat­tle. If the Cath Kid­ston-styled nos­tal­gia of TV Sewing Bees and Bake Offs have whet­ted your ap­petite for retro home-mak­ing, then this work by so­cial his­to­rian Vir­ginia Ni­chol­son may give you a clearer in­sight of what life was re­ally like to be a house­wife in the 1950s where the flip­side of the con­sumer boom was lived un­der the threat of nu­clear disas­ter and in an econ­omy still strug­gling with the af­ter-ef­fects of WW2.

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