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WWII era fiction

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maig 30, 2008, 1:04am

Can anyone recommend some WWII era fiction, particularly any stories taking place during the London Blitz? I ran across one of my reading lists from junior high today and was reminded of Blitzcat which I read in seventh grade and adored.

maig 30, 2008, 1:30am

My first thought was Three Women of Liverpool and Lime Street at Two both by Helen Forrester.

(Obviously the Liverpool bombings, rather than the London raids)

maig 30, 2008, 2:02am

Westall also wrote The Machinegunners; I can't remember how "Blitz" related it is but I do remember enjoying it.

My favourite WW2 fiction is by Derek Robinson: Piece of Cake, A Good Clean Fight and Damned Good Show.

maig 30, 2008, 5:45pm

Check the thread below from the Historical Fiction group for a wide variety of WWII recommendations:


maig 30, 2008, 5:59pm

A lot of Sarah Waters' The Night Watch takes place during the Blitz (if you're looking for something recent)... I've never read Caught, by Henry Green, but he was a good writer. That might be a possibility for you.

maig 30, 2008, 6:15pm

The Fire Fighter by Francis Cottam is set in London during the Blitz.

Editat: maig 30, 2008, 6:51pm

I strongly recommend The Demon Lover and other stories by Elizabeth Bowen, who also wrote a novel (The Heat of the Day) set in wartime London. I also seem to remember that one of Agatha Christie's whodunnits is set in the Blitz - might be Taken at the Flood. And A Moment in Time by H.E. Bates, and Put Out More Flags by Evelyn Waugh. And The Girls of Slender Means by Muriel Spark.

maig 31, 2008, 3:18am

Did you catch the PBS series "Foyle's War"? Very well done mysteries set in WWII, and very accurate sense of what was going on on the English home front. (Four sets of DVD's of shows are available.)

Waugh's Put Out More Flags is excellent if you like mordant satire. His chapters on his anti-hero's method of settling working-class children sent to the country into homes there is priceless.

juny 15, 2008, 12:54pm

Thank you everyone for your excellent suggestions!

8: I missed Foyle's War, but have added it to my Netflix queue. Thanks for the tip!

març 28, 2009, 4:43pm

Try the very gritty, The Naked and the Dead.

Editat: jul. 15, 2009, 12:59pm

Whoops! I didn't notice the reference to the Battle o Britain before making my recommendation for Mailer's Pacific Theater novel.

jul. 15, 2009, 4:10pm

What Happened to the Corbetts and Requiem For a Wren are just 2 great WWII books by Nevil Shute. There are others, but these make a great start.