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The Butterfly and the Wheel

By Neil Randall - Published 2014

Genres:

Literary

This is a Russian sprawl of a book and as such may appeal to some. The premise is reasonable: the allegations levelled at ...Read Review

The Storms of War

By Kate Williams - Published 2014

Genres:

Saga

The strapline of this WW1 saga, the first of a trilogy, announces: “Atonement meets Downton Abbey”. The book begins in July 1914. The de ...Read Review

The Daughters of Mars

By Thomas Keneally - Published 2012Published 2013

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The First World War has become a staple of recent fiction. Thomas Keneally, in this epic novel told from an Australian perspective, enables ...Read Review

The Wine of Solitude

By Irène Némirovsky - Published 2011

Genres:

Literary

First published in France in 1935 yet only available in English since 2011, The Wine of Solitude is the most autobiographical novel of Irène ...Read Review

The Picture Book

By Jo Baker - Published 2011Published 2012

Genres:

LiterarySaga

‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ has a considerable following on TV as well-known people delve into family history. Author Jo Baker knows ...Read Review

Half of the Human Race

By Anthony Quinn - Published 2011

Genres:

Literary

The title refers to women, who for much of this book are without the vote. In summer 1911, Connie Callaway, would-be surgeon and daughter ...Read Review

Today

By David Miller - Published 2011

Genres:

Biographical Fiction

Here’s one for Conrad aficionados, because the author – a London literary agent – makes no concession to readers unfamiliar with the patriarch’s ...Read Review

Late for Tea at the Deer Palace

By Tamara Chalabi - Published 2010Published 2011

Genres:

Nonfiction

In the early 1980s, I was teaching English in the south of England to Iraqi trainee helicopter pilots, who would return straight into ...Read Review

Mr Rosenblum’s List

By Natasha Solomons - Published 2010

Genres:

Literary

All Jack Rosenblum wants is to be English. He and his wife Sadie, and one-year-old daughter, disembarked at Harwich from Nazi Germany in 1937. ...Read Review

The Great Silence, 1918-1920: Living in the Shadow of the Great War

By Juliet Nicolson - Published 2009

Genres:

Nonfiction

This is the story of the pause between the Armistice in November 1918 and the interment of the unknown soldier in Westminster Abbey exactly ...Read Review