What are the best historical fiction about World War I?

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    #1Her Privates We

    Her Privates We
    Her Privates We is a novel by Frederic Manning describing the barbarities committed by both sides in World War I, where Manning himself fought. This book is described by Ernest Hemingway as the finest novel to come out of that war.
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    Aarav Rao
    Written on March 8, 2018
    ""Her Private We", Kindle edition is a well-written book by Frederic Manning, describing in detail the horror of the World War 1. It portrays the destruction and the barbaric killing of soldiers. I have read this book on Kindle and I would recommend it."
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    #2To the Last Man

    To the Last Man
    To The Last Man is Jeff Shaara's novel depicting the horrors of World War I through the eyes of different soldiers: a  young Briton in the trenches, a fighter pilot, and the Americans who is fighting a war thousands of miles away from home.
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    Jack Wallace
    Written on March 3, 2018
    "The Great War is too often forgotten these days and barely taught to our children at all. Do yourselves a favor and take a look at this wonderful piece of historical fiction that brings the war to life and makes it all too real to the reader."
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    #3Somewhere in France

    Somewhere in France

    Somewhere in France is Jennifer Robson's romantic novel about Elizabeth, a girl of a titled family who joined a women's group to help the British in World War I, and her love for Robert, a lowly Scottish surgeon in the war.

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    Jean Evans
    Written on March 9, 2018
    "I needed to read a historical fiction for a class I am taking, so I checked out this story about WWI. The story itself is pretty good, although it is a little heavy on the romance plot. I wish there were a little more balance between the romance and the war."
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    #4Greenmantle

    Greenmantle

    Greenmantle by John Buchan is a novel about Richard Hannay, who was secretly ordered to investigate a plot to start chaos in the Muslim world in the middle east and draw attention from the Western Front in World War I.

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    Thomas Sandoval
    Written on March 8, 2018
    "As someone who is interested in reading about World War 1 stories, Greenmantle scratched the itch I had for a fiction story based in that time. It is a unique story and while based in world war 1, the setting is quite different than you would think."
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    #5The Absolutist

    The Absolutist

    The Absolutist is John Boyne's novel about the 21-year-old Tristan, who went from London to Norwich to bring letters and divulge his bitterly kept secrets to the family of Will, the friend he made in World War I. 

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    Cynthia Reed
    Written on March 10, 2018
    "A beautifully written novel by John Boyne is a must read book for all readers. A tragic and heartbreaking story of Tristan Sadler and his journey to return a prized possession of his beloved comrade Will Bancroft. The story takes you through a river of emotions that are heartwarming, sad and memorable. I thoroughly enjoyed this book during my long car ride on a business trip. "
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    #6A Long Long Way

    A Long Long Way

    A Long Long Way is a novel by Sebastian Barry about the 18-year-old Willie Dunne, who left Dublin to join the Allied forces in World War I but then struggled with homesickness and trauma from the gore and violence.

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    Donald Mason
    Written on March 3, 2018
    "I read a Long, Long Way in one sitting on my flight to Austin. I was blown away by the realism. I think everyone interested in the history of this great country should add this to their library."
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    #7Three Day Road

    Three Day Road
    Three Day Road is Joseph Boyden's novel about Niska, a Native American, and Xavier Bird, who was traumatized by the harrowing scenes of World War I and is not only greatly injured but also addicted to morphine.
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    Cheryl Jensen
    Written on March 1, 2018
    "I am a big fan of historical fiction and Three Day Road, set during WWI, is one of the better historical novels I've read. It tells a compelling story against a traumatic backdrop. Great first book from a promising new author!"
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    #8All Quiet on the Western Front

    All Quiet on the Western Front
    All Quiet on the Western Front is a book by Erich Maria Remarque that tells the story of Paul Baumer, a soldier in the German army during World War I. The books was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1931.
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    Reyansh Chattopadhyay
    Written on March 8, 2018
    "Life's brutal enough without reading about the horrors we inflict upon each other. The content of All Quiet on the Western Front is enough to make a conservative reconsider their bloodlust, if only any learned how to read."
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    #9Birds Without Wings

    Birds Without Wings

    Birds Without Wings is a standalone historical fiction novel written by Louis de Bernières which centers on a small town in wherein Christian and Muslim lives and traditions have co-existed peacefully for centuries. 

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    Marie Morales
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "This is a really good historical fiction book. I like the authors writing style as well. Check it out."
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    #10The Wars

    The Wars

    The Wars is a historical fiction for young adults written by Timothy Findley. it was originally released in 1977. It is about a 17-year-old Canadian officer who experienced the hardships of war.

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    Carmen Nieto
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "This tells untold stories from wars previous. Very heart wrenching. Have a tissue box close by!"
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    #11Regeneration (Book 1)

    Regeneration (Book 1)

    Regeneration is a historical fiction about World War One that is written by Pat Barker. First published in 1991 under ISBN-10: 0140236236 and ISBN-13: 978-0140236231, it is the first book in the Regeneration Trilogy.

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    Gloria Rose
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "This is perhaps one of the more unique historical fiction books that I've had the pleasure of reading. I knew that this book was going to be about a doctor and his relationship with one of his patients, but I was further delighted by the fact that we got to see the doctor's dilemmas - in how he was recognizing that just because something was "just so" at the time, doesn't necessarily mean that it was "right" or that more couldn't be done for it. We got to see him struggle with the ethics of his job - saving people to send them to die. This book has done so much to let me see into the psyche of a a man in the middle of WWI, without too much other fluff and distraction, and it captivated me to no end. Shortly before writing this review, I picked up the 2nd book of the series and plan on reading that once it arrives."
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    #12War Horse

    War Horse
    War Horse by Michael Morpurgo is a well-written novel about war. The tale revolves around Joey, a horse that was born just before the Worl War l.


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    Brian Fuller
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "This was a really cool read."
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    #13Birdsong

    Birdsong

    Birdsong is a historical fiction written by Sebastian Faulks. First published in 1993, it won the 2010 Premio Internacional de Novela Histórica Ciudad de Zaragoza. Birdsong is the second book in the French Trilogy.

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    Ralph Chapman
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "This is a simply fantastic historical fiction novel. The author does a master full job of interweaving the story with the true to life WWI events. This is a real page turner and you will find it hard to put down. A must read in my mind!"
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    #14A Farewell To Arms

    A Farewell To Arms
    A Farewell to Arms is a novel by Ernest Hemingway. Set in Italy during the First World War, it tells the story of Frederic Henry, an American in the ambulance corps of the Italian army, and his relationship with a British nurse.
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    Christian Obrien
    Written on March 7, 2018
    "This is probably one of the most critically acclaimed World War I novels of all time. Not only does it show the true horrors of the war, and sets a dreary environment, but I love the fact the story also focuses on a very human relationship. I enjoyed reading all of the different endings despite the tragedy, which I won't spoil. This novel brings tears to my eyes, but it's well worth it."
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    #15SOS Lusitania

    SOS Lusitania

    SOS Lusitania is a historical fiction novel written by Kevin Kiely. This World War I fiction book is about Finbar Kennedy's search for his father and it is first published in 2012 by O'Brien Press. 

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    Brittany Vargas
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "I have been interested in World War I for a long time, and I tend to read a lot of nonfiction on the subject. Sometimes it's nice to have a change of pace though, and this book was perfect for that. It still contains a lot of historical information but with an interesting plot that really brings the time period to life. I plan on looking for books like this."
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    #16The Eye in the Door

    The Eye in the Door
    The Eye in the Door is a historical fiction about World War One that is written by Pat Barker. First published in 1995 under ISBN-10: 0452272726 and ISBN-13: 978-0452272729, it is the second book in the Regeneration Trilogy
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    Betty Moore
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "This book is critically acclaimed and looks to be an interesting read. Using realistic historical fiction is always beneficial to writing, as it ignites that wonderment of a past time and let's others explore that period. "
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    #17The Dream of the Celt

    The Dream of the Celt

    The Dream of the Celt is an inspirational thrilling suspense historical fiction for young adults written by famous Peruvian writer Mario Vargas Llosa. It was released in 2010 and translated by Edith Grossman. Its Spanish title is El sueno del celta.

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    Karina Parra
    Written on April 24, 2018
    " The Dream of the Celt is a haunting book that will stay with you even after you have finished. Some might find it harsh but i found that it was told in such a away as to soften the blow I high reccomend"
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    #18Girl at War

    Girl at War

    Sara Nović's Girl at War is an Alex Award winner, Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist, and was longlisted for the Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction. It's about Croatian Ana Jurić, who escaped with her family to America to escape the war.

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    Grace Powell
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "The characters are very interesting. They keep you involved in the story. You really want to keep reading the book."
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    #19Last Christmas in Paris

    Last Christmas in Paris

    Last Christmas in Paris is a historical fiction novel written by Heather Webb and Hazel Gaynor, first published in 2017. Set during the World War I, it tells the story of Evie and her brother's best friend, Thomas Harding.

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    #20Murder on the Lusitania

    Murder on the Lusitania

    Murder on the Lusitania is a historical mystery fiction and the first book in George Porter Dillman & Genevieve Masefield series written by Conrad Allen. It is published in 1999. 

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    Elizabeth Reyes
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "Murder on the Lusitania is an amazing historical mystery fiction, sure to keep you on the edge of your seat! The novel follows a hired private eye by the cruise line and a mystery starts to unfold when they find a body!"
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    #21Eventual Poppy Day

    Eventual Poppy Day

    Eventual Poppy Day is a young adult historical fiction novel written by Libby Hathorn, first published in 2015 by HarperCollins. It tells the story of Maurice Roche, whose wartime diary was read by his great-great-nephew in the future.

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    Roy Young
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "the author is an australian writer who produces poetry picture , books,drama, novels, shortstories and non fiction for children"
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    #22Seven Days in May

    Seven Days in May

    Seven Days in May is a historical fiction book written by Kim Izzo. This World War I fiction book is first published in 2017 by HarperCollins Publishers. 

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    Kelly Schultz
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "The main characters were interesting. I thought the plotting was somewhat heavy-handed."

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Best What are the best historical fiction about World War I
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Her Privates WeBooks 37 Paid
2To the Last ManBooks 33 Paid
3Somewhere in FranceBooks 31 Paid
4GreenmantleBooks 30 Paid
5The AbsolutistBooks 28 Paid
6A Long Long WayBooks 27 Paid
7Three Day RoadBooks 25 Paid
8All Quiet on the Western FrontBooks 24 Paid
9Birds Without WingsBooks 16 Paid
10The WarsBooks 14 Paid
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