Brothers in arms

A passion for local history and research has brought two brothers together to write a book about a city at war.

David and Nigel Lassman were born in Bath and have often heard stories from their late parents – and grand parents – about life in these parts during the dark days of World War Two.

It’s 77 years this month since the dreadful Baedeker Raids when – over three days and two nights – 417 people were killed, a thousand injured and more than 1100 buildings seriously damaged or destroyed.


The brother’s book though reaches out either side of that terror, in 1942, to include everything from rationing and the arrival of the evacuees to the influx of American GIs and controversial topics including racism and local politics.

Both brothers are authors. Nigel has written about local history and railways while his brother David has written extensively about music, Jane Austen and Frome – where he now lives.

David is also co-creator of the Regency Detective series of novels set in Bath during the early 19th century.

Bath Newseum invited them in for a chat.