Not long ago I posted Favourite WWI Novels – A Teaser, which included just a few of the novels readers mentioned in a survey of WWI fiction. I’ve now tabulated all 296 responses (over 600 books cited) to discover that readers mentioned 223 different books!
Drumroll please … the top six books are:
- All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque (43 mentions)
- Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks (42)
- Regeneration trilogy by Pat Barker (36)
- Maisie Dobbs series by Jacqueline Winspear (29)
- Fall of Giants by Ken Follett (23)
- A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway (19)
In addition, Charles Todd’s various novels from the Ian Rutledge and Bess Crawford series were mentioned 29 times.
After A Farewell to Arms, numbers fall off to 9 mentions for each of Testament of Youth by Vera Brittain, Rilla of Ingleside by L.M. Montgomery and War Horse by Michael Morpurgo.
When time permits, I’ll publish a complete list of novels recommended by readers.
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On a survey about WWI fiction I asked participants to name a few favourite novels set in that time. Here’s a sampling of those mentioned. I’ll be back with a more complete report when time permits.
- To Serve Them All My Days by R.F. Delderfield
- The Horizon by Douglas Reeman
- All Quiet on the Western Front (Im Westen nichts neues) by Erich Maria Remarque
- For Two Cents, I’ll Go With You by Marcia Maxwell
- The Regeneration Trilogy by Pat Barker
- Testament of Youth by Vera Britain
- The Flowers of the Field by Sarah Harrison
- In Pale Battalions by Robert Goddard
- We Shall Not Sleep by Anne Perry
- Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear
- The Ambassador’s Daughter by Pam Jenoff
- I’ll Bring You Buttercups by Elizabeth Elgin
- At the Going Down of the Sun by Elizabeth Darrell
- The Soldier’s Bride by Maggie Ford
- The Fall of Giants by Ken Follett
- The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes
- Never Forget Me by Marguerite Kaye
- A Pattern of Lies by Charles Todd
- The Guns of August by Barbara Tuchman (non-fiction)
- The Absolutist by John Boyne
- The Last Summer by Judith Kinghorn
- A Farewell To Arms by Ernest Hemingway
- Good Soldier Svejk by Jaroslav Hasek
- Fall of Poppies – short stories by eight different authors
- At the Edge of Summer by Jessica Brockmole
- Time and Regret by M.K. Tod (!!!)
Well friends, definitely lots to choose from. I’ll be back with more information.
You can find other information about the WWI survey at WWI Fiction – Readers Have Their Say.