Explosive 💥 Novels 📙 Set in WW1 That Will Tug at Your Emotions 💔 ...

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Novels set in the First World War are set in one of history’s most turbulent eras.

On 28th July 1914, one calendar month after the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, Austria declared war on Serbia, setting in motion events to change the world forever.

Novels set in the First World War deal with the conflict, the bloodshed, the suffering and the lives of servicemen and the people the war touched.

The centenary year of the bloodiest battle of WWI - The Somme - seems a perfectly apt time to pick up a novel to learn more and to honor the memory of those lost.

1. Parade’s End by Ford Madox Ford (1924 – 1928)

Parade’s End by Ford Madox Ford (1924 – 1928)

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Parade’s End is a set of four related novels by the English writer and poet Ford Madox Ford.

The novels detail the life of Christopher Tietjens, a rich government official who serves in the British army during World War I.

One of the novels set in the First World War to be adapted for television, Parade’s End was serialised in 2012 for the BBC, and starred Benedict Cumberbatch as protagonist Christopher.

2. Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks (1993)

Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks (1993)

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A sweeping epic of a novel that takes the reader through three generations of romance, heartbreak and the unimaginable effects of the First World War.

The plot follows young Englishman Stephen Wraysford as he, like so many did, answers his country’s call and finds himself fighting on the front line.

A truly unforgettable novel that is so much more than a simple war story.

3. A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway (1929)

A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway (1929)

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Based on Hemingway’s real life experiences as a volunteer ambulance driver in World War I Italy, A Farewell to Arms is a touching and emotionally raw account of the camaraderie and strong bonds that are created in times of intense fear and danger.

Filled with drama, romance and uncompromising realism, Hemingway’s novel packs a strong emotional punch.

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