|Hugely engaging…a highly readable and first-hand account of the tribulations of a country for which Britain went to war in 1939, and about which most of us still know far too little.
Roger Moorehead, author of ‘The Devils’ Alliance: Hitler’s Pact with Stalin’ writing in the Financial Times
|This is a surprisingly subtle, well observed autobiography, beautifully paced…Borowiec's war is learning experience and part of the charm of the book is learning with him…All this is described with self effacing gusto.
Roger Boyes in The Times
|It is a timely, angry, terribly moving and drily amusing account of an especially dark period in Poland's often tragic history.
Lewis Jones, Daily Telegraph
|'In this packed, wise memoir, he describes a journey that is nothing less than an odyssey through the most harrowing of circumstances. Given the fate of many of his fellow Poles, that there was a happy ending for Borowiec is remarkable.
Matthew Price writing in The Nation, Abu Dhabi
|'His account of the Warsaw uprising is harrowing though full of human and even humorous touches… Colin Smith, the Observer's former star foreign correspondent is a friend of Borowiec who after the war learnt English in England but was rejected for a place at the LSE so instead went to the Columbia School of Journalism and became a foreign correspondent for US newspapers. Like all good professional journalists he knows how to write and with Smith’s polishing hand to help the book is an important addition to understanding what was happening in Poland during the war years.
Denis MacShane, former Minister for Europe, writing in The Tablet
|A clear, near-encylopedic reconstruction...[the]. Few, if any, professional
historians may be able to attain the quality of [this] book.
Los Angles Times Book Review
|'Edited by another Cyprus based writer, military historian and novelist Colin Smith, Warsaw Boy is a fast-paced and fascinating memoir of a privileged upbringing overturned by war.
|I found it a fascinating read. One has heard, in recent times, of heroic deeds done during The Second World War. But few capture the imagination as this tale did for me.
Granny reviewing on Navy Net.