Great War 100 Reads

Commemorating the centenary of the First World War in books


The Great War 100 Reads book lists continue to grow as I keep finding more to read. Many thanks to those of you who have made suggestions. One of these days, I will try to organize it to make it more useful than a long alphabetical list.

Richard Aldington, Death of a Hero

Lyn Alexander, The Officer’s Code

Rose Allatini (as AT Fitzroy), Despised and Rejected

Judith Allnatt, The Moon Field

Patricia Anthony, Flanders

Antonia Arslan, Skylark Farm

Terri Arthur, Fatal Decision: Edith Cavell WW1 Nurse

Jo Baker, The Picture Book

Henri Barbusse, Under Fire – Le Feu

Pat Barker, Regeneration

Pat Barker, The Eye in the Door

Pat Barker, The Ghost Road

Pat Barker, Life Class

Pat Barker, Toby’s Room

Sebastian Barry, A Long Long Way

Lorraine Bateman, At Midnight in a Flaming Town

Rosalind Belben, Our Horses in Egypt

Francis Marion Beynon, Aleta Dey

William Boyd, An Ice-Cream War

William Boyd, Waiting for Sunrise

Joseph Boyden, Three Day Road

John Boyne, The Absolutist

John Buchan, The Thirty-Nine Steps

John Buchan, Greenmantle

Cathy Marie Buchanan, The Day the Falls Stood Still

J. L. Carr, A Month in the Country

Roch Carrier, La guerre, yes sir!

Gabriel Chevallier, Fear — La Peur

Philip Child, God’s Sparrows

Philippe Claudel, Grey Souls — Les Âmes grises — By a Slow River

E.E. Cummings, The Enormous Room

Alan Cumyn, The Sojourn

Stephen Daisley, Traitor

Annabel Davis-Goff, The Fox’s Walk

Louis de Bernières, Birds Without Wings

Elaine di Rollo, Bleakly Hall

Allan Donaldson, Maclean

Emma Donoghue, The Pull of the Stars

David Downing, Jack of Spies

P.S. Duffy, The Cartographer of No Man’s Land

Marc Dugain, The Officers’ Ward

Helen Dunmore, The Lie

Helen Dunmore, Zennor In Darkness

Darrell Duthie, Malcolm MacPhail’s Great War

Ben Elton, The First Casualty

Sebastian Faulks, Birdsong

David Fennario, Bolsheviki: A Dead Serious Comedy

David Fennario, Motherhouse

Timothy Findley, The Wars

Ken Follett, Fall of Giants (Century Trilogy #1)

Ford Madox Ford, Parade’s End

C. S. Forester, The General

Esther Freud, Mr Mac and Me

Justin Go, The Steady Running of the Hour

Robert Goddard, In Pale Battalions

Robert Goddard, The Ways of the World

Glen David Gold, Sunnyside

Michael Goodspeed, Three to a Loaf: A Novel of the Great War

Genevieve Graham, Tides of Honour

Hilary Green, Daughters of War (Leonora Trilogy #1)

Hilary Green, Passions of War (Leonora Trilogy #2)

Hilary Green, Harvest of War (Leonora Trilogy #3)

Juliet Greenwood, We That Are Left

Nicholas Griffin, Dizzy City

Cicely Hamilton, William – an Englishman

John Harris, Covenant with Death

Sarah Harrison, The Flowers of the Field

Cynthia Harrod-Eagles, Goodbye, Piccadilly (War at Home, 1914)

Mark Helprin, A Soldier of the Great War

Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms

Susan Hill, Strange Meeting

Jack Hodgins, Broken Ground

Alan Hollinghurst, The Stranger’s Child

Winifred Holtby, The Crowded Street

Anna Hope, Wake

Marion Husband, The Boy I Love

Frances Itani, Deafening

Frances Itani, Tell

Ruqaya Izzidien, The Watermelon Boys 

Donald Jack, Three Cheers for Me

Maureen Jennings, Let Darkness Bury the Dead

Sébastien Japisot, A Very Long Engagement – Un long dimanche de fiançailles 

Jennifer Johnston, How Many Miles To Babylon?

David Jones, In Parenthesis

John J. Kelley, The Fallen Snow

Thomas Keneally, The Daughters of Mars

Barbara Korte (ed), Penguin Book of First World War Stories

Alexis Landau, Empire of the Senses

Susan Lanigan, White Feathers

Susan Lanigan, Lucia’s War

Pierre Lemaître, The Great Swindle – Au revoir là-haut

Doris Lessing, Alfred and Emily

Laurie Loewenstein, Unmentionables

John F. Lucy, There’s a Devil in the Drum

Mary-Rose MacColl, In Falling Snow

Robert W. Mackay, Soldier of the Horse

John Mackay, The Road Dance

Hugh MacLennan, Barometer Rising

Elizabeth MacLeod, Bunny the Brave War Horse

Kevin Major, No Man’s Land

Eve Makis, The Spice Box Letters

Andrew Martin, The Somme Stations

John Masters, Now, God be Thanked (Loss of Eden #1)

John Masters, Heart of War (Loss of Eden #2)

John Masters, By the Green of Spring (Loss of Eden #3)

Lindsay Mattick, Finding Winnie

Lindsay Mattick and Josh Greenhut, Winnie’s Great War

W. Somerset Maugham, Ashenden, or the British Agent

Katharine McMahon, The Crimson Rooms

Susan Taylor Meehan, Maggie’s Choice

Emily Mitchell, The Last Summer of the World

Lucy Maud Montgomery, Rilla of Ingleside

Michael Morpurgo, War Horse

Erwin Mortier, While The Gods Were Sleeping

Thomas Mullen, The Last Town on Earth

Juliet Nicolson, The Perfect Summer

Juliet Nicolson, The Great Silence

Katherine Anne Porter, Pale Horse, Pale Rider

Paul O’Prey (ed), Counter-Wave: Poetry of Rescue in the First World War

Paul O’Prey (ed), First World War Poems from the Front

Adele Parks, Spare Brides

Edward Parr, Kingdoms Fall – The Laxenburg Message (Kingdoms Fall #1)

Kate Quinn, The Alice Network

Erich Maria Remarque, All Quiet on the Western Front

Lance Ringel, Flower of Iowa

Brenda Ritter, The 11th Hour of the 11th Day

Frank Rockland, Fire on the Hill

Jean Rouaud, Fields of Glory – Les champs d’honneur

Kamila Shamsie, A God in Every Stone

R. C. Sherriff, Journey’s End, A Play in Three Acts

Anita Shreve, Stella Bain

Jessie Georgina (J.G.) Sime, Canada Chaps

Helen Simonson, The Summer Before the War

Helen Zenna Smith (Evadne Price), Not So Quiet: Stepdaughters of War

Elizabeth Speller, The First of July

Elizabeth Speller, The Return of Captain John Emmett

Mary Swan, The Deep

Trudi Tate (ed), Women, Men and the Great War: An Anthology of Stories

Lily Tobias, Eunice Fleet

M.K. Tod, Unravelled

M.K. Tod, Lies Told in Silence

Dalton Trumbo, Johnny Got His Gun

Jane Urquhart, The Stone Carvers

Vee Walker, Major Tom’s War

Sarah Waters, The Paying Guests

Juliet West, Before the Fall

Rebecca West, The Return of the Soldier

Edith Wharton, A Son at the Front

Edith Wharton, The Marne

Gene Wilder, My French Whore

Beatriz Williams, The Secret Life of Violet Grant

Kate Williams, The Storms of War

Robert Wilton, The Spider of Sarajevo

Cat Winters, In the Shadow of Blackbirds

Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway

Virginia Woolf, Jacob’s Room

Herman Wouk, War and Remembrance

Peter Yeldham, Barbed Wire And Roses

Louisa Young, The Heroes’ Welcome

Louisa Young, My Dear I Wanted to Tell You

3 thoughts on “Fiction

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  2. Thanks for this reading list. I just read The Return of the Soldier by Rebecca West, Regeneration by Pat Barker and Philippe Claudel Les âmes grises (By A Slow River) plus Jacqueline Winspear The Mapping of Love and Death: A Maisie Dobbs novel. There is a strong common tread of despair at the front as well as the unbearable human cost of the war, not only for the dead and wounded but the people left behind.

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