Occasionally I could go mad, stark raving bonkers. I possess so, so much research material on the slice of nuclear history I’m currently writing up (1954-44 England), obsessively too much material, but guess what? It’s not enough!
On a particular issue – who germinated a seminal policy shift – I’m missing THE key paper. In London, I could catch a train to the National Archives in Kew and hunt it down, but the research phase is done, research is verboten. So now I sniff around other documents, papers and snippets for clues. Insanity beckons.
But I also talk to myself: isn’t this fun!