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Most popular Second World War fiction books

The most popular Second World War fiction books currently available. Updated weekly.
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Cilka's Journey: The sequel to The Tattooist of Auschwitz
Cilka learns quickly that power, even unwillingly given, equals survival. After liberation, Cilka is charged as a collaborator for sleeping with the enemy and sent to Siberia.
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Children's Block: Based on a true story by an Auschwitz survivor
Alex is keeping a diary...Originally published as THE PAINTED WALL, Otto Kraus's autobiographical novel, tells the true story of 500 Jewish children who lived in the Czech Family Camp in Auschwitz-Birkenau between September 1943 and June 1944.
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Heroes on the Home Front: A wonderfully uplifting wartime story
The second novel in the wonderfully uplifting Factory Girls series. Beth is longing for someone too - and it's not her husband on the front line...As the factory girls face hardship on the home front, they will discover that the heroes they need are already by their side.
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Beneath the Cypress Tree
A sweeping saga of friends and lovers, set in Crete during the Second World War.
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Fifth Column
A thrilling novel about the only man who can stop Nazi sympathizers from rising up and plunging New York, America and the world into darkness, from Andrew Gross, the bestselling author of The One Man and The Spy.
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Slaughterhouse 5: 50th Anniversary Edition
50th ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL EDITIONAs a young man and a prisoner of war, Kurt Vonnegut witnessed the 1945 US fire-bombing of Dresden in Germany, which reduced the once proudly beautiful city to rubble and claimed the lives of thousands of its citizens.
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Disappearance
From the bestselling author of The Legacy, comes a compelling novel exploring guilt, love and the importance of telling the truth, all set against the backdrop of war
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Murder Under a Green Sea
Max is an impecunious journalist married to Martha, the daughter of a wealthy family. Max discovers members of his old platoon from Passchendaele are being knocked off one by one. With the police believing Max is the murderer, he and Martha are forced to go on the run. Will he solve the crime or will the murderer or Police get to him first?
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Ration Book Childhood
Jean Fullerton, the queen of the East End, returns with a wonderful new nostalgic novel. Because in the darkest days of the Blitz, family is more important than ever.
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Summerland
She also has an ulterior motive: she needs to find a place called Summerland Hall where she hopes she will find the one person left alive who is deeply important to her. An extraordinary tale, with some events inspired by history, that encompasses truth, tolerance, racism and forgiveness.
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Life And Fate (Vintage Classic Russians Series)
The great Russian 20th-century novel from the Sunday Times bestselling author of Stalingrad. As the battle of Stalingrad looms, Grossman's characters must work out their destinies in a world torn by ideological tyranny and war.
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Eight Hours from England
Autumn 1943. Major John Overton accepts a posting behind enemy lines in Nazi-occupied Albania. As he struggles to complete his mission amidst a chaotic backdrop, Overton is left to ruminate on loyalty, comradeship and the futility of war.
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Beneath a Scarlet Sky: A Novel
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Raid 42
The next instalment of the Wars Within series. With Churchill refusing to negotiate and intelligence agencies at each other's throats, Rudolf Hess becomes the unexpected catalyst that changes the fortunes of the war.
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Paris Echo
Weaves winningly between the present and the Second World War, between Tangier and Paris' ObserverAmerican academic Hannah and runaway Moroccan teenager Tariq have little in common, yet both find themselves haunted by the ghosts of Paris. Urgent and deeply moving, Paris Echo asks how much we really need to know in order to live a valuable life.
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After the Party
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Hidden
Her heart died in the war - can she breathe new life into it?
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Memoir of an Anti-Hero
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Scarlet Nightingale: The thrilling wartime love story by national treasure Alan Titchmarsh
The new novel from Britain's favourite gardener and TV presenter Alan Titchmarsh is a sweeping story of love, danger, courage and betrayal, set in wartime London and Paris.
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Fourth Shore
Virginia Baily's new novel, her follow-up to the internationally bestselling Early One Morning, is a sweeping, absorbing novel by one of the most gifted, humane and perceptive storytellers at work today.
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Mother's Love
Can love see her through the darkness?'A heartwarming story of love and loss' Woman's WeeklyLiverpool, 1940: there comes a moment in every child's life when they must learn to stand on their own two feet. The death of her mother and the increase in air raids leaves Ellie alone and in grave danger.
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Trial By Battle
October 1941. Twenty-one-year-old Alan Mart is posted to India, and soon after the Japanese advance on Singapore is deployed to Malaya. What follows is a quietly shattering and searingly authentic depiction of the claustrophobia of jungle warfare and the futility of war.
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Old Baggage: Shortlisted for the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Literature 2019
Jailed five times, she marched, sang, gave speeches, smashed windows and heckled Winston Churchill, and nothing - nothing - since then has had the same depth, the same excitement.
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Caging Skies
THE INSPIRATION FOR THE MAJOR MOTION PICTURE 'JOJO RABBIT'A gripping, atmospheric novel about obsession and love in war-time Vienna
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Testament: Longlisted for the Desmond Elliot Prize
Longlisted for the Desmond Elliot Prize, following a young woman uncovering the truth about her family's past in the Hungarian Holocaust.
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Das Boot
Filled with almost unbearable tension and excitement, DAS BOOT is one of the best stories ever written about war, a supreme novel of the Second World War and an acclaimed film and TV drama.
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Love on the Waterways
THE SECOND NOVEL IN MILLY ADAMS' BRAND NEW SAGA SERIES. 'I raced through it and loved every word.' - Frost MagazineMarch 1944, West London: it's been five months since Verity Clement fled home for a life on Britain's canals and she could never have imagined how tough it would get.
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Liberty Girls
***THE SECOND NOVEL IN THE COMPELLING LIBERTY GIRLS SERIES. She soon settles back into the rhythm of life on the shop floor, and the Liberty Girls rally to help keep everything on an even keel.
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Our Friends in Berlin
`A gripping espionage thriller' Observer London, 1941. His mission: to locate the most dangerous Nazi agent in the country. He soon receives a promising lead in Amy Strallen, whose life is a world away from the machinations of Nazi sympathisers. But when Hoste pays a visit to Amy's office, the dangerous game he is playing becomes even more lethal.
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Land of the Living
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In the Shadow of Wolves
A powerful story of survival and resilience in a world devastated by the Second World War
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Bridge
The third and final instalment in the Airborne trilogy centred on the WW2 parachute regiment.
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Sound of the Hours
As Germans occupy the mountains round Barga, and U.S. Buffalo soldiers draw near, loyalties are tested, and families torn apart. Frank Chapel, a black soldier fighting for a country that refuses him the vote, is unlike anyone Viittoria Guidi has met. In the chaos, they find each other--but can their growing love defy prejudice and war? war?
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Tattooist of Auschwitz: the heart-breaking and unforgettable international bestseller
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How We Disappeared
A beautiful, stunningly ambitious tale of endurance, identity, and memory, for fans of Min Jin Lee's Pachinko and Georgia Hunter's We Were the Lucky Ones.
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Plenty Under The Counter
London, 1942. Flight-Lieutenant David Heron, home in London on leave, awakes to the news that a murder victim has been discovered in the garden of his boarding house. Drawn into a world of mystery and double dealing, can he solve the murder before his return to the skies?
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Auschwitz Lullaby: A Novel
In the tradition of novels such as The Women in the Castle that illuminate the strong women who fought for their families and others during WWII comes the story of Helene Hanneman, a German nurse married to a Gypsy man who lived for sixteen months in Auschwitz under Nazi doctor Joseph Mengele.
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Catch-22
WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY HOWARD JACOBSONExplosive, subversive, wild and funny, 50 years on the novel's strength is undiminished. Reading Joseph Heller's classic satire is nothing less than a rite of passage. Joseph Heller's bestselling novel is a hilarious and tragic satire on military madness, and the tale of one man's efforts to survive it.
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In the Full Light of the Sun
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Courage of the Shipyard Girls: Shipyard Girls 6
***ORDER NOW*** THE SIXTH NOVEL IN THE COMPELLING SHIPYARD GIRLS SERIES FROM SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR, NANCY REVELL.Praise for the Shipyard Girls series:'the author is one to watch' Sun`A brilliant read' Take a Break`Well-drawn, believable characters combined with a storyline to keep you turning the pages' Woman
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Nightingale
Two sisters. One must be brave. One should be afraid.
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Complete Flying Officer X Stories
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Bridge
The third and final instalment in the Airborne trilogy centred on the WW2 parachute regiment.
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With Hope and Love
**************THE SEVENTEENTH CLIFFEHAVEN NOVEL BY SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR ELLIE DEANCliffehaven, 1945The war in Europe is over, but for Peggy Reilly and the residents of Beach View Boarding House the effects of the conflict are still far-reaching.
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Partisan Heart
An enthralling story of love and betrayal, set in the darkest days of World War II. Weaving superbly between 1999 and 1944, between Britain and the Italian Alps.
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Murder by Matchlight
This atmospheric mystery set against the backdrop of 1945 blackout London sees Lorac's CID man MacDonald pit his considerable wits against a host of characterful suspects. Also includes the Lorac short story, 'Permanent Policeman'.
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Our Castle by the Sea
England is at war. Growing up in a lighthouse, eleven-year old Pet's world has been one of storms, secret tunnels and stories about sea monsters. But now the clifftops are a terrifying battleground, and her family is torn apart ...
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Between the Regions of Kindness
An exquisite and original take on the family saga, from the PEN Ackerley Prize-winning Alice Jolly
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Winter of the World
From number one bestseller Ken Follett, Winter of the World is a story about five linked families as they live out their destinies while the world is shaken by tyranny and war in the mid-twentieth century.
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Secrets of the Homefront Girls
The story of the courageous women of World War Two, working in the Yardley factory in London's East End