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Your picks! Top World War 2 Books ...

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A couple of weeks ago, I posted a link on our socials to my list of 10 inspiring books set in World War 2 ... I asked people to let me know their favourite WW2 books in the comments. I had no idea the the sheer amount of responses I would get but here it is - your list of must read World War 2 books, thank you to all the Literary Types around the world who contributed:

  • A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson

  • A Thread of Grace by Mary Doris Russell

  • A Train In Winter by Caroline Moorehead

  • A Woman in Berlin: Eight Weeks in a Conquered City (Anonymous)

  • All titles by Alan Furst

  • All titles by Jorge Semprun

  • All titles by Kathryn J. Atwood

  • All titles by Primo Levi

  • An interrupted Life: The Diaries of Etty Hillesum 1941 -1943

  • Anne Frank's diary

  • Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan

  • Between Shades of Grey by Ruta Sepetys

  • Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks

  • Black Forest, White Rose by Eoin Dempsey

  • Blood and Banquets by Bella Fromme

  • Born Survivors by Wendy Holden

  • City of Women by David Gillham

  • Early One Morning by Virginia Baily

  • Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave

  • Fall by Ken Follett

  • From Sand and Ash by Amy Harmon

  • Gone to Soldiers by Marge Piercy

  • If This Is A Man/The Truce by Primo Levi

  • In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson

  • Jimmy Stewart Bomber Pilot by Starr Smith

  • Killing the Rising Sun by Bill O’Reilly

  • Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

  • Light a Penny Candle by Maeve Binchey

  • Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly

  • Love Stories of WWII by Larry King

  • Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan

  • Mischling by Affinity Konar

  • My Mother's Secret by J L Wittewick

  • Night trilogy by Elie Wiesel, Marion Wiesel (Translator)

  • Once and Then by Morris Gleitzman

  • Once we were Brothers by Ronald H. Balson

  • PT109 by William Doyle

  • Salt to the Sea by Rita Sepetys

  • Secrets of a Charmed Life by Susan Meissner

  • Skeletons at the Feast by Chris Bohjalian

  • Sophie’s Choice by William Styron

  • Stones from the River by Ursula Hegi

  • The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

  • The Arms Maker of Berlin by Dan Fesperman

  • The Baker’s Secret by Stephen P. Kiernan

  • The Balkan Trilogy by Olivia Manning

  • The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons

  • The Century trilogy by Ken Follett

  • The Chilbury Ladies Choir by Jennifer Ryan

  • The enemy below by D.A. Rayner

  • The Forgotten Soldier by Guy Sajer

  • The Girl Who Fell From The Sky by Simon Mawer

  • The Glass Room by Simon Mawer

  • The Guernsery Literary Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer

  • The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom

  • The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer

  • The Invisible Thread by Julie Orringer

  • The kindly ones by Jonathan Littell

  • The Lost or Forgotten Voices series by Max Arthur

  • The Lost Wife by Alyson Richman

  • The Naked Island by Russell Braddon

  • The Orphan's Tale by Pam Jenoff

  • The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure

  • The Plum Tree by Ellen Marie Wiseman

  • The Taster by VS Alexander

  • The Winds of War and War and Remembrance by Herman Wouk

  • The Winged Watchmen by Hilda Van Stockum

  • The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck

  • The Zookeepers Wife by Diane Ackerman

  • Those Who Save Us by Jenna Blum

  • Thread of Grace by Mary Doris Russell

  • Try, For Such a Time by Kate Breslin

  • Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

  • Under an English Heaven by Robert Radcliffe

  • We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter

  • When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit by Judith Kerr

  • White Chrysanthemum by Mary Lynn Bracht

  • Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah

If your favourite isn't on the list, we'd love to add it! Contact us to let us know your picks!

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