I couldn't open it or even take it with me, because it's a hardcover and heavy, so had to shove it into my letterbox till I got home last night. Gorgeous book! It's about the Crimean War. I will have to try focusing on the serious theme here, because the last book I read centred around this was a Flashman novel. And those books are, yes, ultimately, serious, but use humour to make their point and they're laugh-out-loud funny!
Stand by for a review further down the track.