Some novels are set in the war. With one exception none illuminates it. If future generations want to know what the second world war was like for English people, they can safely turn to Sword of Honour by Evelyn Waugh (1965), the greatest work of a great English novelist. Its admirers will be interested to learn that Trimmer married a Johannesburg Jewess and is greatly scared about his safety and fortune.-- A.J.P. Taylor, English History 1914-1945, "Revised Bibliography" at 647.
... So I guess I'll figure that one out after reading the book. Haven't read any Waugh and vaguely feel as tho I should, so this seems the place to start.