1. Goodnight Mr Tom by Michelle Magorian – I suspect this book is one of the most well-known war stories. I have loved this since I first read it, although at times it is a difficult read. It is a lovely heart-warming story.
2. Regeneration by Pat Barker – This was a book I studied at university as part of a module on boundary-pushing children’s literature, and it has really stuck with me since. If you haven’t read it before then I highly recommend it.
3. Auschwitz and After by Charlotte Delbo – This is THE most beautifully written and haunting account of the Holocaust that I have read. Told through poems and short passages, Charlotte takes the most horrific situation and focuses on small, beautiful things like a lone flower in the grounds of the camp. Read it. You will not regret it and it will change you forever.
4. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak – A book about the war narrated by Death and a small book thief whose family are harbouring a Jew in Nazi Germany. This novel offers a different perspective on a well-known story and it is wonderfully written.
5. Night by Elie Wiesel – Probably one of the most iconic war books ever written, Elie Wiesel tells the story of the growing fear amongst the Jewish community in the build up to the second world war. It is a short but chilling read, and definitely one to pick up if you haven’t read it before.
6. Atonement by Ian McEwan – Atonement is one of the few books I have found by having seen the film first (and one of even fewer where I liked the film as much as the book). It is a brilliant story with a clever twist that you don’t see coming.
Which war books would make it onto your list?