Friday, 1 July 2016

WW1 Reading..

These two books couldn't be more different in the structure of their content and yet, they are amongst the most powerful WW1 books I have ever read.

If you only read two books that feature WW1

Then let them be these...

Harper Colins
Told in the voice of a young soldier, the story follows 24 hours in his life on the front line during World War I, and captures his memories as he looks back over his life.


In 1914 Vera Brittain was twenty and, as war was declared, she was preparing to study at Oxford. Four years later her life - and the life of her whole generation - had changed in a way that was unimaginable in the tranquil pre-war era.

'Testament of Youth', one of the most famous autobiographies of the First World War, is Brittain's account of how she survived the period; how she lost the man she loved; how she nursed the wounded and how she emerged into an altered world.



  1. I really must read Testament of Youth Josie, thank you for mentioning it.
    Private Peaceful is on my all time favourites list, and IMHO should be compulsory reading and discussion following in all schools.

    1. I agree Susan. I think Private Peaceful is now on most school curriculum when they do WW1 and if not, it should be ..


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