Recommendations for books set during WW1?
On the Children books side of things (like Black Stallion age range): War Horse by Michael Morpurgo
A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
One of the best biographies I’ve ever read, along with factual history that helps understand how the Middle East was then and how the stage was set for how it developed into what it is today: “Lawrence In Arabia” by Scott Anderson. It’s not a dry history or biography — but a great read that explains a lot of things. Can’t recommend it highly enough.
Another interesting read is “Riddle in the Sands” by Erskine Childers. It’s actually pre-WW1; it’s a early spy/espionage story involving pre-war maneuvering. If you enjoy sailing and can tolerate Victorian sensibilities it’s a good and interesting read.
Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks
Agreed. Also, A Farewell to Arms
I’ve heard a podcast about a book that is now on my TBR pile: War and Turpentine, by Stefan Hertmans https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/jul/02/war-and-turpentine-by-stefan-hertmans-review
“Johnny Got His Gun”, by Dalton Trumbo http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/johnny-got-his-gun-dalton-trumbo/1100191665
Oh yes…we read that in HS and it was so affecting.
it is indeed affecting @Michelle Have you seen the movie?
@Celina I have not- the book nearly wrecked me. I look for it.
It was directed by Dalton Trumbo himself – watch it on a sunny day Michelle Wilson ….. but it’s a great movie, I think. I like Gallipoli (directed by Peter Weir with a very yound Mel Gibson)
As an adult and a nurse, I still think about this book often. Of course, about the brutality and waste of war but also medical advances. Just because we have the capability of some medical breakthrough does that mean we should?
Michelle Wilson oh, my feelings exactly !the difference between to live and to be alive…..
A never to be forgotten book. Read it in high school, too
This one is now on my list to read.
hope you enjoy it
Pat Barker – Regeneration.
This is an amazing book, but it’s Vietnam not WWI.
oh, that”s right !!!
Not by sight by kate Breslin. She has a new one coming out June 6th also set in world war 1 about a nurse/waitress/spy.
Cannot find this book. Help?
Go down to find the new one – High as Heavens – out in June.
Not by Sight – http://www.libertybaybooks.com/book/9780764211614
High As the Heavens (out June 6th) – http://www.libertybaybooks.com/book/9780764217814
You can order any of her books signed and/or personalized at no extra cost through Liberty Bay Books (she lives near there)
Kate Danir,s, thank you
Marie Dobbs series starts during ww1…awesome mystery/historical series. Author is Jacquelyn Winspear.
So much yes – I love this series (but am annoyed that the NYPL only has some of them available for loan on Kindle).
Maisie Dobbs! That’s auto correct for you. Great series, especially the earlier books.
Testament of Youth by Vera Brittain
Fall of Giants by Ken Follett. It is the first book of his The Century Trilogy.
Read the trilogy. Fall of Giants definitely the best.
Enjoyed it. Book Club will read it.
got me curious, never read any of Ken Follet so bought Fall of Giants today (TBR PILE hehehe)
I like Charles Todd. http://www.charlestodd.com/books/
Wow, had never heard of Todd before. So prolific! Will definitely try him.
War and Turpentine by Stefan Hertsmann. Also, The Red Collar by Jean-Christophe Rustin.
Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks. Head and shoulders above his other books.
@Gabriel likely has a couple.
The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson. Also the books by Charles Todd.
Enjoyed the Simonson book. Will look for Charles Todd.
“Set in World War I?” Do you want historical fiction or great non-fiction about The Great War?
Either would be welcome.
I love “The Guns of August” and “Paris 1919” the most. There are many other start-to-finish books about the war but they can be a little tedious. These give better overviews and in a more interesting way.
And for context I’ve read, probably, 30 books about the War.
The Daughters of Mars by Thomas Keneally. Australian nurses, excellent book.
I found this great list http://www.ranker.com/list/best-novels-about-world-war-1/ranker-books. Many have already been mentioned but there are others.
Found it too. Read several. Now to start the others.
I’ve read a lot, and am now tempted to read more. Is it just WW1 you are interested in? Daughters of Mars was excellent.
NC Museum of History will have WW1 exhibit. Our book club will read about WW1, then visit the exhibit.
I just finished “The Summer Before the War” by Helen Simonson. It takes place in England in 1914, just as the war is gearing up. It’s historical fiction, very good. A lot about social class, women, and of course, the war.
Enjoyed it, too.
The Guns of August, by Barbara Tuchman. There is also Pat Barker’s WWI series, Regeneration, The Eye in the Door, and The Ghost Road.
These sound good too. Read Follett trilogy, The Century, and enjoyed.
The comment thread is now so long that I didn’t bother checking if this has been recommended already, but I remember enjoying “All Quiet on the Western Front”. It’s one of the classics.
This is still one of my absolute favorite books. I read it in high school and a few times after as well.
All is Quiet on the Western Front
Good one. Thanks
Dead Wake by Eric Larsen is nonfiction about the sinking of the Lusitania.
Shepherd of the Hills by Harold Bell Wright
Jojo Moyes The Girl You Left Behind? Flips back and forth between present day and WWI France.
Interesting. I’ve read other Moses books.
In Pale Battalions by Robert Goddard.
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