They have charm and high literary quality and are testaments to the art of self-deprecation and a world in which memoirists drew attention to the people they knew rather than to themselves. Verney had, at times, a taxing and dangerous war, but to read his accounts of it, one might think he was merely an observer. They are marvelously entertaining reads, not least because they open up to us a world that has just passed from view; and they speak to us in a voice we understand, but that is no longer entirely familiar.
THE NEW CRITERION ON JOHN VERNEY'S WAR MEMOIRS
Posted April 29, 2019 by Mara Brandsdorfer
A Dinner of Herbs, Going to the Wars, John Verney, The New Criterion