Wallace Rice (review date January 1901)
SOURCE: A review of London to Ladysmith via Pretoria and Ian Hamilton's March, in The Dial,Vol. 30, No. 351, January 1901, p. 77.
[In the following review, Rice praises the reality with which Churchill recorded events in London to Ladysmith via Pretoria and Ian Hamilton's March.]
The two books of Mr. Winston Spencer Churchill, London to Ladysmith via Pretoria and Ian Hamilton's March, form a continuous narrative of the author's numerous adventures and narrow escapes, from the beginning of the war to the capture of Pretoria. The inclusion of the diary of Lieutenant Frankland, an officer in the unfortunate Dublin Fusileers, carries on the tale of the prisoners at Pretoria from the time of Mr. Churchill's escape until his return to that city with the British column. It is not necessary here to praise Mr. Churchill's methods of presenting his facts. He is writing in the field and his letters appear in a London paper before they are printed in book form; but it is doubtful if any revision or care could give them the air of reality they now convey.