Fiction Books

All of these books can be found on the Norfolk Library Catalogue and can be borrowed by members of Norfolk’s Libraries.

This list is by no means definitive; please email with any suggestions for books people may like to read, or with any book reviews which we can post on to the blog.

Check out our WW1 Pinterest Board

Written for adults:

Under Fire – Henri Barbusse

Regeneration  (and sequels) – Pat Barker

Life Class – Pat Barker

Toby’s Room – Pat Barker

Birds Without Wings – Louis de Bernieres

An Ice Cream War – William Boyd

The Absolutist – John Boyne

Thirty-nine Steps (and other Richard Hannay novels) – John Buchan

First Casualty – Ben Elton

The Blasphemer – Nigel Farndale

Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks

Fall of Giants – Ken Follett

The Good Soldier – Ford Madox Ford

Parade’s End – Ford Madox Ford

In Pale Battalions – Robert Goddard

Flowers of the Field – Sarah Harrison

A Farewell to Arms – Ernest Hemingway

Strange Meeting – Susan Hill

Daughters of Mars – Thomas Keneally

Somme Stations  (and other Railway Detective novels) – Andrew Martin

Charley’s War graphic novel series – Pat Mills and Joe Colquhoun

The Soldier’s Song Trilogy – Alan Monaghan

Park Lane – Frances Osborne

Across the Blood-Red Skies – Robert Radcliffe

All Quiet on the Western Front – Erich Maria Remarque

The Lives of Stella Bain – Anita Shreve

Return of the Soldier – Rebecca West

My Dear, I wanted to tell you – Louisa Young

The Penguin Book of First World War Stories

Books set just post-war:

The Lie – Helen Dunmore

Stranger’s Child – Alan Hollinghurst

Wake – Anna Hope

The Return of Captain John Emmett – Elizabeth Speller

The Strange Fate of Kitty Easton – Elizabeth Speller

Armistice – Nick Stafford

Written for young adults and children:

Soldier Dog – Sam Angus

Remembrance – Theresa Breslin

Eleven Elven – Paul Dowswell

Dusk – Eve Edwards

The Trenches: A First World War Soldier, 1914-1918 – Jim Eldridge

Flying Ace: Royal Flying Corps 1915-1918 – Jim Eldridge

Charlotte Sometimes – Penelope Farmer

War Game – Michael Foreman

The Silver Donkey – Sonya Hartnett

Walter Tull’s Scrapbook – Michaela Morgan

Private Peaceful – Michael Morpurgo

War Horse – Michael Morpurgo

The Shell House – Linda Newbery

Road to War: A First World War Girl’s Diary, 1916-1917 – Valerie Wilding

Archie’s War – Marcia Williams

Many of the early Biggles novels by W E Johns also have a WW1 setting.


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