After his mother left for another man in the 1960s, Tim Pears’s father was given custody of the children. A vicar, he coped by running the household like a mini Soviet co-operative
My father was a man’s man. A callow student at Oxford when Germany invaded Poland in 1939, his personality was forged in the crucible of war: in the north African desert as an artillery officer at the battle of El Alamein; in Yugoslavia as a liaison officer with communist partisans.
At the end of the war, while being debriefed by British military intelligence, my father found himself alone in an …read more