Now, as an avid reader, I’m always on the lookout for new books to add to my collection. Having recently purchased a small stack of WWI books (mostly as a reward for when I finish my exams in the next few weeks) I thought about giving you all an insight into the slowly growing First World War section of my bookshelf!
The very first book I ever read about WWI was Regeneration by Pat Barker. It was one of those books that we had to study for AS-Level, and I was naturally predisposed to be a little wary of it at first – more for the fact that once I’ve studied a book, I tend to dislike it immensely on principle of having done it completely to death. However, I fell completely in love with this one and not least due to the amazing lessons that we had on it. This book, while not the most well-written tome in the world, and with a strangely dislikeable protagonist (Pat Barker that is not how you write a novel) was what started this whole thing off and I would never change it for the world. It is my eventual intent to write a separate post on each of these books, so for now I shall leave you with a list!
- Six Weeks: The Short and Gallant Life of the British Officer in the First World War -John Lewis-Stempel
- Boy Soldiers -Richard van Emden
- The Last Fighting Tommy -Harry Patch (with Richard van Emden)
- The First World War in 100 Objects -Gary Sheffield
- The Road Home -Max Arthur
- Forgotten Voices of the Great War -Max Arthur
- All Roads Lead to France: The Last Days of Edward Thomas -Matthew Hollis
- Regeneration -Pat Barker
- Douglas Haig: Architect of Victory -Walter Reid
- Goodbye To All That -Robert Graves
- Wilfred Owen -Dominic Hibberd
- Siegfried Sassoon: A Biography -Max Egremont
- Siegfried Sassoon -John Stewart-Roberts
- The War Poems -Siegfried Sassoon
- The Wipers Times
- July 1914: Countdown to War -Sean McMeekin
- Mud, Blood and Poppycock -Gordon Corrigan
- Sherston’s Progress -Siegfried Sassoon
- Journey’s End -R.C. Sherriff
- All Quiet on the Western Front -Enrich Maria Remarque
- Birdsong -Sebastian Faulks
- Parade’s End -Ford Maddox Ford
- The Absolutist -John Boyne
- War Horse -Michael Morpurgo
- Collected Poems -Wilfred Owen
There are of course others that I have read but do not own my own copy (Letters of a Lost Generation, Bloody Victory, Indian Voices of the Great War etc.) so my reviews will be on books that I own as opposed to ones where I read perhaps a mere chapter for an essay here and there.
There is of course, a whole other list of books that I would like to read/own, but that’s for another day!
How about you, do you have a favourite WWI book? What do you think to fiction set during the war?