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Most popular First World War fiction books

The most popular First World War fiction books currently available. Updated weekly.
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Inheritance of Solomon Farthing
An heir hunter in modern-day Edinburgh searches out the rightful inheritor to a dead man's fortune - an investigation that will lead him to the battlefields of WWI France, and the mystery of a six-man firing squad . . .
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Winter Soldier
The stunning third novel from the bestselling author of The Piano Tuner. As the First World War devastates Europe, The Winter Soldier is the story of one man thrust, utterly unprepared, into a remote medical outpost in the Carpathian mountains, and the woman that is set to save him.
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Pack Up Your Troubles: War at Home 6
The sixth and final book in the War at Home series by the author of The Morland Dynasty novels. Set against the evocative backdrop of World War I, this is an epic family drama featuring the Hunters and their servants
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War is Over
From the bestselling, award-winning author of SKELLIG comes a vivid and moving story, beautifully illustrated, written to commemorate the hundred-year anniversary of the end of the First World War.
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All Quiet on the Western Front
'Remarque's evocation of the horrors of modern warfare has lost none of its force' The TimesTRANSLATED BY BRIAN MURDOCHNow published for the first time alongside Brian Murdoch's new translation of the novel's sequel: The Way Back.
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Way Back
The sequel to All Quiet on the Western Front, one of the most powerful novels of the First World War and a twentieth-century classic. If All Quiet on the Western Front was a lament for a lost generation, this sequel speaks with the same resonant voice for those who came back.
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Eyes of Asia
Kipling's The Eyes of Asia takes the reader on a remarkable journey of discovery into the heart and soul of four soldiers of the Indian Army who fought for King and the British Empire in the First World War.
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Farewell To Arms
In 1918 Ernest Hemingway went to war, to the 'war to end all wars'. A love story of immense drama and uncompromising passion, A Farewell to Arms offers a unique and unflinching view of the world and people, by the winner of the 1954 Nobel Prize for Literature.
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Poppy Field
As the world commemorates the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, Michael Morpurgo and Michael Foreman have teamed up with the British Legion to tell a new story inspired by the history of the poppy.
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Birdsong
Birdsong is a mesmerising story of love and war spanning three generations between WW1 and present day. From award-winning writer Sebastian Faulks, Birdsong is an exceptionally moving and unforgettable portrait of the ruthlessness of war and the indestructability of love.
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Stubby: A True Story of Friendship
Stubby was a brave soldier, a loyal friend... and a dog. From an army training camp to the trenches in France, this is the incredible true story of Sergeant Stubby, the dog who served bravely in the First World War, sniffing out gas attacks, catching spies and winning the hearts of his fellow soldiers.
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My Friends
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Fall of Giants
From number one bestseller Ken Follett, Fall of Giants is an epic of love, hatred, revolution and as the Great War begins, the lives of five families become entwined forever.
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Six Loves of Billy Binns
If you were looking back over a hundred years of your life, what would you change? 'Richard Lumsden is a magical, natural storyteller, weaving joy and pain through the life of a protagonist you can't fail to love' Miranda Dickinson
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Glorious Dead
At the end of the First World War, some soldiers chose to stay behind A story of love, war and betrayal among the ruins of Ypres.
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Six Loves of Billy Binns
If you were looking back over a hundred years of your life, what would you change? A wonderfully quirky, honest and heartfelt debut novel for any reader of ELEANOR OLIPHANT IS COMPLETELY FINE or THE UNLIKELY PILGRIMAGE OF HAROLD FRY
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Till the Boys Come Home: War at Home 5
The fifth book in the War at Home series by the author of The Morland Dynasty novels. Set against the evocative backdrop of World War I, this is an epic family drama featuring the Hunters and their servants
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Winter Soldier
The stunning third novel from the bestselling author of The Piano Tuner and A Far Country. As the First World War devastates Europe, The Winter Soldier is the story of one man thrust, utterly unprepared, into a remote medical outpost in the Carpathian mountains, and the woman that is set to save him.
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War is Over
From the bestselling, award-winning author of SKELLIG comes a vivid and moving story, beautifully illustrated, which commemorates the hundred-year anniversary of the end of the First World War.
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Memoirs of an Infantry Officer
Propped against the bank, his blond face undisfigured, except by the mud which I wiped from his eyes and mouth with my coat sleeve. Anyhow I hadn't expected the Battle of the Somme to be quite like this. This first-hand account of the face of battle is as beautifully written as it is historically significant.
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Goodbye Piccadilly: War at Home, 1914
The year is 1914. The village is Northcote. The house is The Elms. The family is the Hunters. Goodbye, Piccadilly is the start of an epic family drama set against the evocative backdrop of World War I by the author of The Morland Dynasty novels.
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Over and Above
This new edition retains exactly the original script but has been updated with an introduction by John Gurdon's granddaughter Camilla Jane Gurdon Blakeley and an extended illustrated appendix by renowned historian Norman Franks.
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Land of My Dreams: War at Home, 1916
The third book in the War at Home series by the author of The Morland Dynasty novels. Set against the evocative backdrop of World War I, this is an epic family drama featuring the Hunters and their servants
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Johnny Got His Gun
It was the war to end all wars, the global struggle that would finally make the world safe for democracy - at any cost. But one American soldier has paid a price beyond measure. And within the disfigured flesh that was once a vision of youth lives a spirit that cannot accept what the world has become.
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Stubby: A True Story of Friendship
From an army training camp to the trenches in France, this is the incredible true story of Sergeant Stubby, the dog who served bravely in the First World War, sniffing out gas attacks, catching spies and winning the hearts of his fellow soldiers.
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Classic Stories of World War I
A compilation of stories detailing the heroic and harrowing experiences of the First World War.
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Greenmantle
Richard Hannay travels across war-torn Europe in search of a German plot and an Islamic Messiah. He is joined by three more heroes: Peter Pienaar; John S Blenkiron; and, Sandy Arbuthnot. They move in disguise through Germany to Constantinople and the Russian border to face their enemies: the grotesque Stumm and the evil beauty of Hilda von Einem.
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Frontline Nurses: A gripping and emotional wartime saga
Perfect for fans of Donna Douglas's A Nightingale Christmas Promise, Lizzie Page's The War Nurses and Margaret Dickinson's The Poppy Girls. Frontline Nurses On Duty3. Secrets of the Frontline NursesAnd don't miss Holly Green's new series set in a Liverpool Workhouse:1.
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Regeneration Trilogy
At Craiglockhart War Hospital in Scotland, army psychiatrist William Rivers treats shell-shocked soldiers before sending them back to the front. In his care are poets Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen, and Billy Prior, who is only able to communicate by means of pencil and paper...
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Poppy Girls
A powerful family saga set during World War I, from the bestselling author of The Buffer Girls.
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War and Turpentine
Presents an imaginative reconstruction of a damaged life across the tumultuous decades of the twentieth century. This is a deeply moving portrayal of family, grief, love and war.
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All Quiet on the Western Front
He also has an eye for the grimly comic: the consignment of coffins Paul and his friends pass as they make their way up the line for a new offensive; Paul cannot imagine a life after the war and can no longer relate to his family when he returns home on leave.
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Farewell To Arms
An immensely powerful novel of love and war based on Ernest Hemingway's own wartime experience.
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Penguin Book of First World War Stories
An anthology of Great War short stories by British writers. These stories are able to illustrate the impact of the Great War on British society and culture and the modes in which short fiction contributed to the war's literature.
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Summer Before the War
It is late summer in East Sussex, 1914. Amidst the season's splendour, fiercely independent Beatrice Nash arrives in the coastal town of Rye to fill a teaching position at the local grammar school. There she is taken under the wing of formidable matriarch Agatha Kent, who, along with her charming nephews, tries her best to welcome Beatrice to a place that remains stubbornly resistant to the idea of female teachers., But just as Beatrice comes alive to the beauty of the Sussex landscape, and the colourful characters that populate Rye, the perfect summer is about to end. For the unimaginable is coming - and soon the limits of progress, and the old ways, will be tested as this small town goes to war.
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Strange Meeting
Young officer John Hilliard returns to his battalion in France following a period of sick leave in England. Despite having trouble adjusting to all the new faces, the stiff and reserved Hilliard forms a friendship with David Barton, an open and cheerful new recruit who has still to be bloodied in battle.
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Farewell To Arms
One of Hemingway's finest novels, A FAREWELL TO ARMS was published in 1929 when the author was at the height of his power, It draws on his own experiences serving with the Italins in World War One when he was severely wounded in action and awarded the Croce de Guerra.
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At Some Disputed Barricade (World War I Series, Novel 4): A magnificent novel of murder and espionage during the dark days of war
The fourth powerful novel in Anne Perry's World War One quintet
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Her Privates We
A novel about the Battle of the Somme told from the perspective of Bourne, an ordinary private. First published privately in 1929, it may amaze a new generation of readers with its depiction of the horror, the ordinariness and the humanity of war.
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When the Dawn Breaks
* A sweeping wartime novel set before, during and after World War I
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Other Hoffmann Sister
Gripping historical fiction from the prize-winning author of The Spring of Kasper Meier
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Major Tom's War
Major Tom's War is a powerful account of the impact of WWI on a doomed generation and on one Indian Army cavalry officer in particular.
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Padre
A military drama played out on the battlefields of France during WWI
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Company of These Fellows
A book of poems that evoke the period of the Great War as well as giving an insight into individual experiences. They confirm that even in the horror of war humanity, humour and love can still be found.
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Common Cause: A Novel of the War in America
Common Cause provides a nuanced look at the home-front atmosphere that existed in parts of the United States before and during the Great War, exploring themes of patriotism, jingoism, and exclusion. An introduction and explanatory notes by John Maxwell Hamilton and Amy Solomon Whitehead provide context.
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Horizon
For three generations, members of the Blackwood family served the Royal Marines with distinction. With the outbreak of World War I, at last comes Jonathan Blackwood's turn to carry the family name into battle.
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Three Day Road
The stories of an American Indian sniper caught up in the Great War and of his aunt, one of the last Cree Indians to live off the land, are intertwined in a mesmerising journey as they travel home over three days
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Eye in the Door
London, 1918. Billy Prior is working for Intelligence in the Ministry of Munitions. But his private encounters with women and men - pacifists, objectors, homosexuals - conflict with his duties as a soldier, and it is not long before his sense of himself fragments and breaks down.
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One Man's Flag
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Pride of Kings
No.1 New York Times bestseller Justin Scott's gripping thriller follows an undercover spy, battling in the frozen wastes of Russia to protect his country and confront his past