War Novels

Many of you will know that war is a topic of particular interest to me. I can't really explain why, I just find the concept of war immensely captivating. Having written my undergraduate dissertation and devoting much of my postgraduate work to war writing, I have read a fair bit. But, not enough! I mostly focused on women's war writing so tended to avoid the 'cannon' and, in doing so, I've missed out on a whole chunk. I would also like to discover more about contemporary wars which I know little about so any recommendations will be very much appreciated.

This is a list of war books I want to read or re-read. It is by no means a challenge but more of a way of keeping track of what I've read and what I still want to read.

1. Poetry of Rupert Brooke Read June 2014
2. Goodbye to All That by Robert Graves
3. Her Privates We by Frederick Manning Read May 2014
4. Storm of Steel by Ernest Junger
5. All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque (re-read)
6. Not So Quiet...Stepdaughters of War by Helen Zenna Smith (re-read)
7. Death of a Hero by Richard Aldington
8. Undertones of War by Edmund Blunden
9. Testament of Youth by Vera Brittain
10. Poetry of Ivor Gurney
11. Memoirs of a Fox Hunting Man (entire trilogy) by Siegfried Sassoon
12. The Case of Sargeant Grischa by Arnold Zweig
13. Journey's End by R.C Sherriff
14. The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers
15. The Wars by Timothy Findley
16. Fortunes of War by Olivia Manning
17. Under Fire by Henri Barbusse
18. Three Soldiers by John Dos Passos
19. The Enormous Room by e.e. cummings
20. Fire and Forget: Short Stories from the Long War by Various
21. A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra

I will be adding to this list as I go along so any recommendations will be more than welcome!



  1. How about Parade's End by Ford Maddox Ford. It was a great short TV series and I'm looking forward to reading the book(s).

    Also Coming Home by Roy E Stolworthy looks very good.

    Oh, and Paths of Glory by Humphrey Cobb......

    As you can see I'm getting into WW1 reading too..... [grin]

    1. I've been pushing away at Parade's End for literally over a year. I think I have a problem with super long books...It is my goal to read it though so I'll give it another go one day.

      Thanks for the recommendations, I'll have to add them to the list!


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