Homage to Catalonia is a superbly written memoir of Orwell’s experiences as a volunteer in the Spanish Civil War and an important testament of the start of his political journey that would lead him to write Animal Farm and 1984. That said, the book presents a partial and localized view of the civil war and thus, in the end, fails to explain properly the reasons for the defeat of the Spanish Republic.
Olivia Manning: A Woman at War By #DeirdreDavid - The first literary biography of the twentieth-century novelist Olivia Manning. It tells the story of a writer whose life and work were shaped by her own fierce ambition, and, like many of her generation, the events and aftermath of the Second World War. From the time she left Portsmouth for London in the mid-1930s determined to become a famous writer, through her wartime years in the Balkans and the Middle East, and until her death in 1980,
Tom Buchanan. East Wind: China and the British Left, 1925-1976 (Oxford University Press, 2012); “Shanghai-Madrid Axis’. Comparing British Responses to the Conflicts in Spain and China, 1936-39”, (November 2012). On the existence of a Shanghao-Madrid Axis” in the period 1936-39. Both the book and the article contain references to those who went to China after having been in Spain during the civil war.
Growing Up in a Time of War: Memoirs of a Young Basque Girl's Thirteen-year Odyssey as a Refugee of the Spanish Civil War by Arantza Cazalis Shuey This is the story of one of the many thousands of refugees who left Spain for camps in France, and later, to a new life in the Dominican Republic and the United States. See more at: http://www.thirdplacebooks.com/growing-time-war-memoir-arantza-cazalis-shuey#sthash.5pmV9ksy.dpuf or https://www.flickr.com/photos/webermua/sets/72157628188882005/
Juan Negrín: Physiologist, Socialist and Republican War Leader. By Gabriel Jackson. Portland, Oregon: Sussex Academic Press 2010. Juan Negrín y López, the “enigmatic” leader of the Spanish Republic from May 1937 until its defeat in March 1939, has not been treated kindly in many histories of the Civil War. Jackson’s new sympathetic biography presents a rather different image of the Canarian university physiology professor: a highly intelligent, unassuming, and thoroughly decent man.