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Die spioen - 'n Roman (Afrikaans, Paperback): Paulo Coelho Die spioen - 'n Roman (Afrikaans, Paperback)
Paulo Coelho; Translated by Kobus Geldenhuys
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Toe Mata Hari in Parys aangekom het, was sy platsak. Kort daarna is sy gevier as die elegantste vrou in die stad. As 地 danseres het sy gehore geskok en verruk, as 地 vertroueling en courtisane het sy die rykste en magtigste mans van haar era betower. Maar paranoia as gevolg van die oorlog het Frankryk verteer, en Mata Hari se leefstyl het haar onder verdenking geplaas. In 1917 is sy gearresteer in haar hotelkamer aan die Champs-Elysees en van spioenasie aangekla. Die Spioen is die onvergeetlike verhaal van 地 vrou wat dit gewaag het om die konvensies van haar tyd uit te daag en die prys daarvoor betaal het, soos vertel in Mata Hari se stem in haar finale brief.

Van kant gemaak (Afrikaans, Paperback): Kris van Steenberge Van kant gemaak (Afrikaans, Paperback)
Kris van Steenberge; Translated by Fanie Olivier
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In Belgie loop die negentiende eeu ook ten einde. Elisabeth, die dogter van die smid, trou met die jong dokter, Guillaume Duponselle. Dit sal nie 地 gelukkige huwelik word nie. As Elisabeth agt maande later aan 地 tweeling geboorte skenk, is die eersgeborene 地 pragtige seun, Valentyn. Die tweede kind is so mismaak dat Guillaume weier om hom 地 naam te gee. Tog bly Naamloos lewe. Omdat sy voorkoms sy vader en die dorpenaars ontstel, gaan Naamloos gesluierd deur die lewe. Dan tree die Eerste Wereldoorlog op die toneel. Van kant gemaak vertel 地 broeierige verhaal vol dorpsgefluister. Vir almal verloop die toekoms anders as wat hulle verwag.

Poppy Field (Hardcover): Michael Morpurgo Poppy Field (Hardcover)
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A new illustrated story celebrating the poppy's history. Michael Morpurgo and Michael Foreman have teamed up with the Royal British Legion to tell an original story that explains the meaning behind the poppy.In Flanders' fields, young Martens knows his family's story, for it is as precious as the faded poem hanging in their home. From a poor girl comforting a grieving soldier, to an unexpected meeting of strangers, to a father's tragic death many decades after treaties were signed, war has shaped Martens's family in profound ways - it is their history as much as any nation's. They remember. They grieve. They honour the past. This book also includes a full-colour, illustrated afterword that explains the history that inspired the story.

Oorlog En Terpentyn (Afrikaans, Paperback): Stefan Hertmans Oorlog En Terpentyn (Afrikaans, Paperback)
Stefan Hertmans; Translated by Daniel Hugo
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Kort voor sy dood in die 1980痴 gee Stefan Hertmans se oupa aan sy kleinseun 地 paar volgeskrewe ou dagboekies. Jare lank durf Hertmans dit nie oopmaak en lees nie tot op 地 dag dat hy dit wel doen en meer as een geheim daarin ontdek. Hy lees van sy oupa se armoedige kinderjare in Gent voor 1900, van sy gruwelike ervarings as frontsoldaat in die Eerste Wereldoorlog en 地 vroeg gestorwe groot liefde. Na die oorlog sit sy oupa sy lewe voort deur sy verdriet te probeer wegskilder. Stefan Hertmans se jare lange fassinasie met sy oupa se lewe bring hom uiteindelik tot die skryf van hierdie roman.

The Other Hoffmann Sister (Hardcover): Ben Fergusson The Other Hoffmann Sister (Hardcover)
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Shortlisted for The Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year 2015, Ben Fergusson's critically acclaimed debut, The Spring of Kasper Meier, was the winner of the Betty Trask Prize 2015 and the HWA 2015 Debut Crown Award. The Other Hoffmann Sister is a gripping, evocative read about two sisters set in pre-WW1 Germany which will appeal to fans of The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry. For Ingrid Hoffmann the story of her sister's disappearance began in their first weeks in Southwest Africa... Ingrid Hoffmann has always felt responsible for her sister Margarete and when their family moves to German Southwest Africa in 1902, her anxieties only increase. The casual racism that pervades the German community, the strange relationship between her parents and Baron von Ketz, from whom they bought their land, and the tension with the local tribes all culminate in tragedy when Baron von Ketz is savagely murdered. Baroness von Ketz and their son, Emil, flee with the Hoffmanns as the Baron's attackers burn down the family's farm. Both families return to Berlin and Ingrid's concerns about Margarete are assuaged when she and Emil von Ketz become engaged on the eve of the First World War. But Margarete disappears on her wedding night at the von Ketz's country house. The mystery of what happened to her sister haunts Ingrid, but as Europe descends into chaos, her hope of discovering the truth becomes ever more distant. After the war, in the midst of the revolution that brings down the Kaiser and wipes out the aristocracy that her family married into, Ingrid returns to the von Ketzes' crumbling estate determined to find out what really happened to her sister.

Die Mannheim-sage 3: Die Goudbaronne (Afrikaans, Paperback, 2de Uitgawe): Lerina Erasmus Die Mannheim-sage 3: Die Goudbaronne (Afrikaans, Paperback, 2de Uitgawe)
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In die finale deel van Die Mannheim-sage woed die spanninge tussen Deborah Mannheim, Karl Mannheim en Kit Malloy steeds. Deborah se verbittering teenoor haar man, Karl, vererger, en daarby word haar liefde vir Kit galsterig met die verloop van die jare. Weens sy onvermo om sy vrou se liefde te herwin word die lewe vir Karl onuithoudbaar – soveel so dat hy dinge in sy eie hande neem. Maar ook Deborah en Kit dra letsels n die Boereoorlog: Ten spyte van hul hunkering na mekaar, bly hul liefde onvervuld. Op die vooraand van die Eerste W靡eldoorlog ontmoet Kurt, Deborah se seun, vir Victoria, Kit se dogter. Hulle word verlief en is bereid om die besware van hul families teen te staan. Die spanning bereik ’n breekpunt wanneer hulle in ’n skermutseling in Europa vasval en hul liefde ’n duur prys verg . . .

Wat hou die toekoms vir die Mannheim- en Malloy-families in? En kan Deborah en Kit, dekades n hulle die eerste keer ontmoet het, uiteindelik versoen raak in hul liefde vir mekaar?

Birdsong (Paperback, Limited ed): Sebastian Faulks Birdsong (Paperback, Limited ed)
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Birdsong is a novel about the tenderness and the limits of human flesh, it is about men and women living at the edge. Set mostly in France spanning the years before and during the First World War, it captures the drama and destruction of that era as it tells the story of Stephen, a young Englishman who is impelled through a series of extreme experiences, from a traumatic clandestine love affair which rips apart the bourgeois French family he lives with, through grim insanity of the Great War. In the vast scenes of suffering and the tender depiction of human love, Birdsong is at times almost unbearably moving to read.

Wildernis (Afrikaans, Paperback): Wilbur Smith Wildernis (Afrikaans, Paperback)
Wilbur Smith
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Die Eerste Wereldoorlog gooi Sean Courtney en die skerpskutter Mark Anders se lot saam toe hulle in die loopgrawe in Frankryk ontmoet. In 地 ongerepte wildernis in Suid-Afrika bereik Mark se verterende liefde vir die eiesinnige Storm Courtney 地 hoogtepunt, terwyl sy bloedige stryd met Sean se vervreemde seun, Dirk, op die spits gedryf word. Wildernis is die vertaling van A Sparrow Falls, die derde boek in die gewilde Courtney-trilogie.

The Glorious Dead (Hardcover): Tim Atkinson The Glorious Dead (Hardcover)
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What happened when the Great War ended and the guns stopped firing? Who cleared the battlefields and buried the dead? It's 1918 and the war may be over but Lance-Corporal Jack Patterson and the men of his platoon are still knee-deep in Flanders mud, searching the battlefields for the remains of comrades killed in action. But duty isn't all that's keeping Jack in Flanders. For one there is Katia, the daughter of a local publican, with whom he has struck up a romance. And then there is something else, a secret that lies buried in Jack's past, one he hopes isn't about to be dug up...

Below us the Front (Paperback): N L Collier Below us the Front (Paperback)
N L Collier
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Having survived the trenches on the Western Front, Franz Becker has joined the Air Service and learns to fly in a fragile, unreliable machine. He passes his pilot's course and is posted to a two-seater squadron in the east, where he is responsible for flying the slow, vulnerable biplane while his observer defends them against Russian fighters with only a single machine-gun. Fought on vast open plains, the war in the East is one of movement. Germany's main ally is the tottering Austro-Hungarian Empire whose forces are unreliable and undermined by internal conflict. The Eastern Front would collapse without German support, as Franz and his comrades are only too aware. When the squadron is moved to the Western Front, they come face to face with skilful and determined opposition from French and English fighters, and the casualty rate mounts. Franz and his fellow pilots are keen to leave the lumbering two-seater aircraft for the agile and better-armed fighters, and to be the hunter instead of the hunted. At the same time Franz's closest friend, Karl von Leussow, is fighting for his life in the blood-soaked earth of Verdun, where his regimen is almost annihilated. He decides to follow Franz into the air - but first he has to stay alive.

A Farewell To Arms (Paperback, Reissue): Ernest Hemingway A Farewell To Arms (Paperback, Reissue)
Ernest Hemingway
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A young American volunteers for the Italian ambulance in the First World War. Up near the front he meets and falls in love with CatherineBarkley, a British nurse. Amidst the fear, chaos, comradeship and courage, his wartime experi-ence becomes one of intense disillusionment when he is wounded by a shell and later narrowly escapes being shot by the Italian 'battle police' while taking part in a general retreat. He makes the monumental decision to desert - and takes Catherine with him to Switzerland. An unsurpassed novel of war - drawn from Hemingway's own experiences - and a love story of immense drama and uncomprising passion. A FAREEWELL TO ARMS is unforgettable, classic Hemingway

An Honest Man (Hardcover): Ben Fergusson An Honest Man (Hardcover)
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'A powerful and moving love story by a writer at the top of his game' John Boyne In West Berlin in 1989, eighteen-year-old Ralf has just left school and is living a final golden summer with his three best friends. They spend their days swimming, smoking and daydreaming about the future, oblivious to the storm gathering on the other side of the Berlin Wall. But an unsettling discovery about his family and a meeting with the mysterious Oz shatters everything Ralf thought he knew about love and loyalty. And as old Cold War tensions begin to tear his life apart, he finds himself caught up in a web of deceit, forced to make impossible choices about his country, his family and his heart.

An Honest Man (Paperback): Ben Fergusson An Honest Man (Paperback)
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'The Other Hoffmann Sister confirms [Fergusson's] talent for atmospheric, morally complex historical fiction' Sunday Times In West Berlin in 1989, eighteen-year-old Ralf has just left school and is living a final golden summer with his three best friends. They spend their days swimming, smoking and daydreaming about the future, oblivious to the storm gathering on the other side of the Berlin Wall. But an unsettling discovery about his family and a meeting with the mysterious Oz shatters everything Ralf thought he knew about love and loyalty. And as old Cold War tensions begin to tear his life apart, he finds himself caught up in a web of deceit, forced to make impossible choices about his country, his family and his heart.

Fall of Giants (Paperback, New Edition): Ken Follett Fall of Giants (Paperback, New Edition)
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The first in Ken Follett's bestselling Century Trilogy, Fall of Giants is a captivating novel that follows five families through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for votes for women.

A WORLD IN CHAOS

1911, a thirteen-year-old boy, Billy Williams, begins working down the mines as George V is crowned king. The escalating arms race between the empire nations will put not only the king but this young boy in grave danger.

A TERRIBLE WAR

Billy’s family is inextricably linked with the Fitzherberts, the aristocratic owners of the coal mine where he works. And when Maud Fitzherbert falls in love with Walter von Ulrich, a spy at the German embassy in London, their destiny also becomes entangled with that of Gus Dewar, an ambitious young aide to Woodrow Wilson, and two orphaned Russian brothers, the Peshkovs, whose plan to emigrate to America falls foul of conscription, revolution and imminent war.

A REVOLUTION THAT WILL CHANGE EVERYTHING

When Russia convulses in bloody revolution and the Great War unfolds, the five families’ futures are entwined forever, love bringing them closer even as conflict takes them further apart. What seeds will be sown for further tragedy in the twentieth century and what role will each play in what is to come?

Frontline Nurses - A gripping and emotional wartime saga (Paperback): Holly Green Frontline Nurses - A gripping and emotional wartime saga (Paperback)
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Can she follow her heart while doing her duty? A heartwarming saga following nurses during the First World War. Perfect for fans of Donna Douglas's A Nightingale Christmas Promise, Lizzie Page's The War Nurses and Margaret Dickinson's The Poppy Girls. After training with the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry, Leonora Malham Brown sets off to Europe with her new friend, Victoria, determined to do her bit for the war effort. The battlefield is a difficult place for a woman so Leonora cuts her hair short and swaps her skirts for trousers in order to better cope with the demanding duties of a frontline nurse. But concealing her true identity becomes more complicated when she meets the dashing Colonel Malkovic. Torn between keeping her secret and their blossoming friendship, Leonora must choose between her duty and her heart... A moving emotional wartime saga about brave nurses on the battlefield, based on an amazing true story. ________________________________ Make sure you've read all the books in the Frontline Nurses series: 1. Frontline Nurses 2. Frontline Nurses On Duty 3. Secrets of the Frontline Nurses And don't miss Holly Green's new series set in a Liverpool Workhouse: 1. Workhouse Orphans 2. Workhouse Angel 3. Workhouse Nightingale 4. Workhouse Girl

Orphans and Angels (Paperback): Linda Finlay Orphans and Angels (Paperback)
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**The second compelling book in the much loved Red Cliffs Ragged School Series** For orphan Solomon, Red Cliffs offers a place of safety. But he still has something to hide . . . When young Solomon's father is injured in a tragic accident he finds himself at the Red Cliffs Ragged School on the Torquay coast - a place that takes care of the poorest children from the cities and is watched over by kind-hearted but over-worked Sarah Sullivan. The school's new travelling mistress, the beautiful, flame-haired Sheena O'Reilly, is going to be a godsend. With Red Cliffs facing closure due to lack of funds it's all hands on deck while Sarah, Sheena and schoolmaster Harry Higgins get the school, and the children, ready for inspection. Life at Red Cliffs is tough enough, but Sarah didn't expect her once-sweetheart Harry to take such an interest in feisty Sheena. And though Solomon now has a home and people who love him, he is still withdrawn and sullen. For it's not just the death of his father plaguing his thoughts, Solomon is also hiding a terrible secret in his heart . . . Praise for Linda Finlay 'Warm and atmospheric, you can practically taste the sea breeze' The Express 'Take time out for a page-turner about family mysteries and betrayal' Take-a-Break A compelling saga . . . with a surprising and emotional ending which weaves together the storylines in a most satisfying way. Strongly recommended and a great read on a Cornish holiday' cjbrownecrimewriter.com 'A captivating and emotional novel about a strong woman struggling to find her own way in the world when others wish to see her fail' Winstone Books 'I couldn't put it down and found myself finishing it in no time at all. . . The story was full of twists and turns from the onset and throughout . . . I really enjoyed reading this book and I highly recommend that you give it a read' Laurahbookblog 'It was full of drama, friendship, excitement and was truly a magical story. . . I definitely will be reading more in the near future' Laurahbookblog

Lost Roses (Large print, Paperback, Large type / large print edition): Martha Hall Kelly Lost Roses (Large print, Paperback, Large type / large print edition)
Martha Hall Kelly
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The million-copy bestseller Lilac Girls introduced the real-life heroine Caroline Ferriday. Now Lost Roses, set a generation earlier and also inspired by true events, features Caroline's mother, Eliza, and follows three equally indomitable women from St. Petersburg to Paris under the shadow of World War I. "Not only a brilliant historical tale, but a love song to all the ways our friendships carry us through the worst of times."--Lisa Wingate, New York Times bestselling author of Before We Were Yours It is 1914, and the world has been on the brink of war so often, many New Yorkers treat the subject with only passing interest. Eliza Ferriday is thrilled to be traveling to St. Petersburg with Sofya Streshnayva, a cousin of the Romanovs. The two met years ago one summer in Paris and became close confidantes. Now Eliza embarks on the trip of a lifetime, home with Sofya to see the splendors of Russia: the church with the interior covered in jeweled mosaics, the Rembrandts at the tsar's Winter Palace, the famous ballet. But when Austria declares war on Serbia and Russia's imperial dynasty begins to fall, Eliza escapes back to America, while Sofya and her family flee to their country estate. In need of domestic help, they hire the local fortune-teller's daughter, Varinka, unknowingly bringing intense danger into their household. On the other side of the Atlantic, Eliza is doing her part to help the White Russian families find safety as they escape the revolution. But when Sofya's letters suddenly stop coming, she fears the worst for her best friend. From the turbulent streets of St. Petersburg and aristocratic countryside estates to the avenues of Paris where a society of fallen Russian migr s live to the mansions of Long Island, the lives of Eliza, Sofya, and Varinka will intersect in profound ways. In her newest powerful tale told through female-driven perspectives, Martha Hall Kelly celebrates the unbreakable bonds of women's friendship, especially during the darkest days of history. Advance praise for Lost Roses "Epic . . . Kelly's gift is bringing to life and to light the untold stories of women and families far away from the war front yet deeply affected by the decisions of leaders and the efforts of fighters. Fans of historical fiction . . . and viewers of period dramas will want to clear their calendars when Lost Roses comes out."--Booklist (starred review)

Major Tom's War (Hardcover): Vee Walker Major Tom's War (Hardcover)
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Major Tom's War is a powerful account of the impact of WWI on a doomed generation and on one Indian Army cavalry officer in particular. Why is Bengal-born solicitor Tom Westmacott desperate to flee Calcutta in 1914? And why does Evie Winnington-Ingram, who has good cause to hate him, agree to his proposal of marriage? Their dark, shared past initially drives them apart. War forces them to face up to a harrowing present before they emerge, together, into an unexpected future. The author spins a unique tale of authentic experiences from her family's archive full of memorable characters: her grandfather Tom, the proud and damaged cavalry officer; his nurse and reluctant bride, Evie; Tom's vicious nemesis, Lochdubh; Amar Singh, the steadfast leader of the Sikhs; Tom's protector, Harnam Singh; the reckless yet terrified young lieutenant, Reggie Durand; Gaston Derome, the hero mayor of Bavay, a French town clinging to survival under the heel of the invader; and four unforgettable horses.

My Friends (Paperback, Main): Emmanuel Bove My Friends (Paperback, Main)
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If England Were Invaded (Paperback, First edition published 1906): William Le Queux If England Were Invaded (Paperback, First edition published 1906)
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...No fewer than two hundred thousand Germans were already upon English soil! The outlook grew blacker every hour. Eight years before the outbreak of the First World War, when national hysteria over the supposed presence of German spies in England gripped the country, the journalist and novelist William Le Queux imagined a catastrophic scenario in which the German army invaded Britain in a shock attack on the east coast. His novel, first published as The Invasion of 1910 and serialised in the Daily Mail, was intended as a warning to military strategists and the government of the time that England was unprepared against the real threat of military assault. It sold over one million copies and was translated into twenty-seven languages. This chilling story chronicles a fictional war fought on British homeland, with detailed accounts of battles and defence lines in real locations envisaged in conjunction with the defence experts of the time. It also brings to life the realities of food shortages, propaganda, espionage, media coverage and the vulnerability of financial institutions during an attack. The story begins with an innocuous conversation between two journalists who have lost telegraphic connection with Great Yarmouth but quickly unfolds as news emerges of a full-blown invasion. One by one strategic cities - Birmingham, Manchester and Sheffield - are abandoned to the German army until events culminate in the battle for London. More than an entertaining read, this novel, complete with fictional proclamations from Kaiser Wilhelm II, shines a spotlight on the fears and hopes of Britain at the beginning of the twentieth century and heralds a very different idea of warfare from the time before the Great War.

The Rules of Engagement (Paperback): K.A. Lalani The Rules of Engagement (Paperback)
K.A. Lalani
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The Rules of Engagement begins on 28th June 1914 when the two protagonists will be enjoying an idyllic, warm weekend, unaware that events in the underbelly of Europe will have an impact on the entire world and their own lives within forty days. For the next three years, they are fighting on the Western Front, living each twenty-four hours as if it could be their last. The two protagonists are Alex and Daniel (the Viscount Swiffen) - two young men from polar opposites of the social spectrum. They portray how World War One impacted all men of fighting age, whether they volunteered in the glorious summer of August in a flush of hyperbole or bided their time and hoped they could escape the call to arms...

War - Vintage Minis (Paperback): Sebastian Faulks War - Vintage Minis (Paperback)
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A soldier falls asleep on duty and is threatened with being court-martialled. An officer lies in mud, fighting for his life and the life of his men. A young man walks across Waterloo Bridge, explosives in his rucksack, heart pounding. In this powerfully moving book, Faulks shows us the true face of war. These are stories of death and survival, of hope and despair, and of ordinary people whose lives will never be the same again. Selected from the books Birdsong, A Possible Life and A Week in December by Sebastian Faulks VINTAGE MINIS: GREAT MINDS. BIG IDEAS. LITTLE BOOKS. A series of short books by the world's greatest writers on the experiences that make us human Also in the Vintage Minis series: Home by Salman Rushdie Fatherhood by Karl Ove Knausgaard Work by Joseph Heller Dreams by Sigmund Freud

Till the Boys Come Home - War at Home 5 (Paperback): Cynthia Harrod-Eagles Till the Boys Come Home - War at Home 5 (Paperback)
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In 1918 the Great War has taken so much from so many and it threatens to take even more still from the Hunters, their friends and their servants. Edward, in a bid to run away from problems at home, decides not to resist conscription and ends up at the Front. Sadie's hopes for love are unrequited, and Laura has to flee Artemis House when it is shelled and she finds herself in London driving an ambulance. Ethel, the nursery maid, masks her own pain by caring for other people's children but she must take care not to get too attached. The government has to bring in rationing, and manpower shortages means the conscription age is extended. The Russians have fallen out of the war and a series of terrifying all-out attacks drive the Allies back almost to the Channel, and for the first time England faces the real prospect of defeat. No one can see an end to the war and yet, a small glimmer of hope remains . . . When the Boys Come Home is the fifth book in the War at Home series by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles, author of the much-loved Morland Dynasty novels. Set against the real events of 1918, at home and on the front, this is a vivid and rich family drama featuring the Hunter family and their servants.

The Regeneration Trilogy (Paperback): Pat Barker The Regeneration Trilogy (Paperback)
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The Regeneration Trilogy is Pat Barker's sweeping masterpiece of British historical fiction. 1917, Scotland. At Craiglockhart War Hospital in Scotland, army psychiatrist William Rivers treats shell-shocked soldiers before sending them back to the front. In his care are poets Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen, and Billy Prior, who is only able to communicate by means of pencil and paper. . . Regeneration, The Eye in the Door and The Ghost Road follow the stories of these men until the last months of the war. Widely acclaimed and admired, Pat Barker's Regeneration trilogy paints with moving detail the far-reaching consequences of a conflict which decimated a generation. 'Harrowing, original, delicate and unforgettable' Independent 'A new vision of what the First World War did to human beings, male and female, soldiers and civilians. Constantly surprising and formally superb' A. S. Byatt, Daily Telegraph 'One of the few real masterpieces of late twentieth-century British fiction' Jonathan Coe

War is Over (Hardcover): David Almond War is Over (Hardcover)
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From the bestselling, award-winning author of SKELLIG comes a vivid and moving story, beautifully illustrated, which commemorates the hundred-year anniversary of the end of the First World War.

"I am just a child," says John. "How can I be at war?"

It's 1918, and war is everywhere. John's dad is fighting in the trenches far away in France. His mum works in the munitions factory just along the road. His teacher says that John is fighting, too, that he is at war with enemy children in Germany.

One day, in the wild woods outside town, John has an impossible moment: a meeting with a German boy named Jan. John catches a glimpse of a better world, in which children like Jan and himself can come together, and scatter the seeds of peace.

Gorgeously illustrated by David Litchfield, this is a book to treasure.

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