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If you love reading stories set in the war, take a look through our collection of war fiction books here at The Works. Discover honour, courage and love through some of the greatest conflicts in history within our range of war novels.

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What will you find from his story? Nuri is a beekeeper, his wife, Afra, an artist. They live a simple life, rich in family and friends, in the beautiful Syrian city of Aleppo - until the unthinkable happens. When all they care for is destroyed by war, they are forced to escape. As Nuri and Afra travel through a broken world, they must confront not only the pain of their own unspeakable loss, but dangers that would overwhelm the bravest of souls. Above all - and perhaps this is the hardest thing they face - they must journey to find each other again. Moving, powerful, compassionate and beautifully written, The Beekeeper of Aleppo is a testament to the triumph of the human spirit. Told with deceptive simplicity, it is the kind of book that reminds us of the power of storytelling. Product Information:• ISBN: 9781838770013• Author: Christy Lefteri• Publisher: Manilla Press• Format: Paperback• Pages: 384• Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.8 x 19.8 cm

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Delve into the fantastic landmark fantasy from Brandon Sanderson, the man credited with breathing fresh life into Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time, in the gripping The Mistborn Trilogy: 3 Book Box Set! An epic fantasy set in a world where the Dark Lord has gained dominion over the world. A world of ash and pain. A world subjugated. But a world where magic can be drawn from metals. A world waiting for a new heroine, a new hope. Included in this title: The Final Empire The Well of Ascension The Hero of Ages Product Information: ISBN: 9781473213692 Author: Brandon Sanderson Publisher: Gollancz Format: Book Collection Dimensions: 20.4 x 13.6 x 13.2cm

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Discover Geralt of Rivia, the infamous Witcher, who holds the line against the monsters plaguing humanity in this bestselling Box Set - that inspired all of the following video games and major Netflix show of The Witcher! Delve into the Witcher's magic powers and lifelong training and discover how they have made him a brilliant fighter and a merciless assassin. But he is no ordinary killer: he hunts the vile fiends that ravage the land and attack the innocent... However, not everything monstrous-looking is evil; not everything fair is good . . . and in every fairy tale there is a grain of truth. The entire must-have collection for any fans of The Witcher series or video games! Included in this title: The Last Wish Sword of Destiny Season of Storms Blood of Elves Time of Contempt Baptism of Fire The Tower of the Swallow The Lady of the Lake Product Information: ISBN: 9781473232273 Author: Andrzej Sapkowski Publisher: Gollancz Format: Book Collection Dimensions: 20.6 x 13.2 x 20.8cm

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Billy London is a mean, dark, secretive man who is interested only in lining his pockets at the expense of those around him - most especially his wife and daughters. When Ellen, his wife, finds her children threatened, she prepares to fight like a tigress to protect the four girls, to give them the hope of a new and better life and a chance to escape from the evil and oppressive legacy of their father. There is Abigail, clever, ambitious, and with an outer shell of steel that is necessary if she is to survive; Tishy, overwhelmingly lovely, who lives in a world all her own; Marie, brisk, capable, and nearly strong enough to defy her father; Theresa, more wounded, more vulnerable, more damaged by Billy than any of them. As the sirens of 1939 herald the advent of war, so Billy London's girls begin their own battle for new, triumphant, and fulfilling lives. Product Information: • ISBN: 9780552178822 • Author: Ruth Hamilton • Publisher: Corgi • Format: Paperback • Pages: 528

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A heart-warming wartime saga of love and loss for the post office girls. It is autumn 1940 and, as the bombs drop on London, a close-knit community struggles to survive. Working at the local post office, Bessie Green does her best to keep her customers' spirits up, but when she receives a telegram addressed to her parents, there's nothing she can do to prevent the heartache that lies ahead. Then Bessie hears that eleven-year-old Daisy Mason has been orphaned in a blast, and she's sure that taking Daisy into their home is just what her parents need to help them overcome their grief. At first, Daisy won't settle, then her handsome brother Josh comes back on leave and things look up for all of them. But the war brings further challenges for Bessie and her friends - with more hearts broken and loved-ones lost - before they can dare to dream of a brighter future... Product Information: • ISBN: 9781472256843 • Author: Pam Evans • Publisher: Headline • Format: Paperback • Pages: 288  • Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 2.2 cm

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An uplifting, heart-wrenching novel based on the true story of the first ever NHS hospital . . . It's May 1945 and at 3pm, nurse Kitty Longthorne listens, together with the other surgical staff at South Manchester's Park Hospital, to Winston Churchill's broadcast on the radio. Germany has signed a declaration of complete surrender. The war is over in Europe and that day is to be celebrated as VE Day. The mood in Park Hospital - still full of wounded American soldiers - is jubilant and hopeful, though Kitty is anything but. Her clandestine squeeze and the man she hopes to marry, James Williams has been giving her the cold shoulder for the last week, and she can't work out why. Furthermore, her twin brother, Ned, is still missing in action - his last known whereabouts point to him being in a Japanese prisoner of war camp. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781409191773 • Author: Maggie Campbell • Publisher: Trapeze • Format: Paperback • Pages: 352 • Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 2.6 cm

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1930s Scotland. Growing up in a convent in Glasgow, Ferelith Gallagher dreams of bigger and better things. With no money behind her, and no family to speak of, she travels to Edinburgh to study to be a lawyer - a brave choice for a woman in the 1930s. And when she falls in love with a young fellow student, she thinks she's finally found a home. But after a brief and disastrous marriage, Ferelith swears she is through with love, and buries herself in her studies, striving to become the first female senior advocate in Scottish history. But when she finally meets a man she knows she could be happy with, Ferelith finds herself torn between love and her career. When war breaks out, she knows life will never be the same again . . . Product Information: • ISBN: 9781785762192 • Author: Eileen Ramsay • Publisher: Zaffre • Format: Paperback • Pages: 416  • Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 2.3 cm

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It is 1537, a time of revolution that sees the greatest changes in England since 1066. Henry VIII has proclaimed himself Supreme Head of the Church and the country is waking up to savage new laws - discover what occurs next in Dissolution. Delve into Dark Fire, it is 1540 and the hottest summer of the sixteenth century.  Or explore Sovereign in Autumn, 1541. King Henry VIII has set out on a spectacular Progress to the North to attend an extravagant submission of his rebellious subjects in York. Already in the city are lawyer Matthew Shardlake and his assistant Jack Barak.  Discover Revelation - King Henry VIII is wooing Lady Catherine Parr, whom he wants for his sixth wife. But this time the object of his affections is resisting. Archbishop Cranmer and the embattled Protestant faction at court are watching keenly, for Lady Catherine is known to have reformist sympathies. And finally, dive into the gripping Heartstone. England is at war. Henry VIII's invasion of France has gone badly wrong, and a massive French fleet is preparing to sail across the Channel. As the English fleet gathers at Portsmouth, the country raises the largest militia army it has ever seen. Included in this title: Dissolution Dark Fire Sovereign Revelation Heartstone Product Information: ISBN: 9781529055801 Author: C.J. Sansom Publisher: Pan Macmillan Format: Book Collection

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It is 1943, and three very different girls are longing to do their bit for the war effort. Frances is stifled by her traditional upbringing and she falls for a most unsuitable man. Prudence and her horizons have never strayed beyond her job as a bank clerk in Croydon until the war brings her new experiences. Rosalind, a beautiful flame-haired actress, catches the eye of Frances's stuffy elder brother, the heir to an ancestral mansion. The three become friends when they join the band of women working the canal boats, delivering goods and doing a man's job while the men are away fighting. A tough, unglamorous task - but one which brings them all unexpected rewards. Product Information: • ISBN: 9780552178815 • Author: Margaret Mayhew • Publisher: Corgi • Format: Paperback • Pages: 432 • Dimensions: 17.78 x 11.43 x 3.56 cm

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Manchester, 1922: Molly Watson has had enough. Engaged for the last three years to a penny-pinching pedant, she finally decides she'd rather be a surplus girl than marry a man she doesn't truly love. When she gets a job at St Anthony's Orphanage, she befriends caretaker Aaron Abrams. But a misunderstanding leaves them at loggerheads, and damages her in the eyes of the children she has come to care so deeply about. Can she recover her reputation, her livelihood, and her budding friendship, before it's too late? Product Information: • ISBN: 9781786499691 • Author: Polly Heron • Publisher: Corvus • Format: Paperback • Pages: 432 • Dimensions: 19.69 x 12.7 cm

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Sunderland, 1942: Polly's heart and her future are hanging in the balance… Polly’s sweetheart Tommy has been declared missing while serving overseas, and although there is no certainty that he is dead, there is no guarantee that he will return home. Now Polly needs her friends more than ever, and the other women welders are ready to rally around her while she waits for news. The only one not showing support is shipyard manager, Helen. But looks can be deceiving, and beneath her cold exterior, Helen is wrestling with demons of her own, including one life-changing decision that could lead to potential ruin. As the war continues, the shipyard girls must support one another as they bravely soldier on. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781787468344 • Author: Nancy Revell • Publisher: Arrow • Format: Paperback • Pages: 480 • Dimensions: 19.69 x 12.7 x 3.18 cm

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Venice, 1943: Under the Nazi occupation, life is increasingly perilous for Italian Jews. Antonina Mazin has but one hope to survive - to leave her beloved parents and hide in the countryside, posing as the bride of a man she has only just met. Nico Gerardi was studying for the priesthood until circumstances forced him to return home to run his family's farm. The only way to keep Nina safe - and protect secrets of his own - is to convince prying eyes that their sudden marriage is a love match. But farm life is not easy and Nico's provincial neighbours are wary of this soft, educated stranger. Even worse, their distrust is shared by a local Nazi official with a vendetta against Nico. As Nina and Nico come to know each other, their relationship deepens, transforming into much more than a charade. Yet both fear that every passing day brings them closer to being torn apart... Product Information: • ISBN: 9781472280688 • Author: Jennifer Robson • Publisher: Headline Review • Format: Paperback • Pages: 384 • Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.8 x 2.8 cm

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The world was crumbling, but her love stayed strong. November 1915. For young housemaid, Anwen Rhys, life is hard in the Welsh mining village of Dorcalon, deep in the Rhymney Valley. She cares for her ill mother and beloved younger sister Sara, all while shielding them from her father's drunken, violent temper. Anwen comforts herself with her love for childhood sweetheart, Idris Hughes, away fighting in the Great War. Yet when Idris returns, he is a changed man; no longer the innocent boy she loved, he is harder, more distant, quickly breaking off their engagement. And when tragedy once again strikes her family, Anwen's heart is completely broken. But when an explosion at the pit brings unimaginable heartache to Dorcalon, Anwen and Idris put their feelings aside to unite their mining community. In the midst of despair, can Anwen find hope again? And will she ever find the happiness she deserves? Product Information: • ISBN: 9781800323575 • Author: Francesca Capaldi  • Publisher: Hera • Format: Paperback • Pages: 368 • Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 2.2 cm  

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Southampton 1940. Abandoned when she was tiny, Maisie Reynolds was separated from her twin brother and forced to grow up in Holly Bush orphanage – a place where she has never known love or kindness. But with the world at war and Hitler’s devastating bombs coming ever closer, fate has other plans for Maisie and a secret from her past changes everything. When she meets handsome Canadian paratrooper, Cam, Maisie learns that love might not be lost to her after all – but not before her past life and D-Day bring a tragic twist to her happiness. The Forgotten Orphan is a moving and compelling historical novel about love, second chances and resilience in the darkest of times. Product Information: • ISBN: 9780008363291 • Author: Glynis Peters • Publisher: One More Chapter • Format: Paperback • Pages: 400 • Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 2.6 cm

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Based on the heartbreaking true story of Cilka Klein, Cilka's Journey is the phenomenonal sequel to the No.1 bestseller, The Tattooist of Auschwitz. In 1942 Cilka Klein is just sixteen years old when she is taken to Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp. The Commandant at Birkenau, Schwarzhuber, notices her long beautiful hair, and forces her separation from the other women prisoners. Cilka learns quickly that power, even unwillingly given, equals survival. After liberation, Cilka is charged as a collaborator by the Russians and sent to a brutal prison camp in Siberia. Innocent, imprisoned once again, Cilka faces challenges both new and horribly familiar. After learning to nurse those who are ill in the camp, Cilka tends to a man called Alexandr and finds that despite everything, there is room in her heart for love. Cilka's Journey is a powerful testament to the triumph of the human will. It will move you to tears, but it will also leave you astonished and uplifted by one woman's fierce determination to survive, against all odds. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781785769054 • Author: Heather Morris • Publisher: Zaffre • Format: Paperback • Pages: 432 • Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 3.1 cm

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While centurions Macro and Cato are returning to Rome from a harrowing campaign against the Parthians, their transport ship is almost capsized by a tidal wave. They barely make it to the port of Matala in Crete where they are stunned to find a devastated town. An earthquake has struck the island, destroying its cities and killing thousands. In the chaotic aftermath, large bands of the island's slaves begin to revolt and local bandits, taking advantage of the slave rebellion, urge the Cretans to overthrow the Roman administration. With many of the island's troops either killed or wounded during the earthquake, the governor of the province calls on Macro and Cato for help. Can they move swiftly enough to counter the rebellion before it sweeps the Romans from the island? Product Information: • ISBN: 9781472284310 • Author: Simon Scarrow • Publisher: Headline • Format: Paperback • Pages: 384 • Dimensions: 24.2 x 16.3 x 3.2 cm

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Liverpool, 1940. When nurses Nancy Kerris and Jess Williams both lose their lovers in the trenches during the Great War, their future in Liverpool looks bleak. As the war finally ends, their lives are set on different paths, with Nancy choosing to marry an Australian, leaving behind her life - and her friend - for the Outback. Years later with the outbreak of the Second World War, Nancy's son Pete decides to join the Royal Air Force and as such travels to England. He promises to pay his mother's friend a visit, however when he arrives in Liverpool, he is dismayed to find half the city has been demolished by the May Blitz. Jess's home has been destroyed, and even worse, her daughter Debbie is missing. In an unknown country and war-ravaged city, Pete decides he must help find Debbie, whatever the cost. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781787463936 • Author: Katie Flynn • Publisher: Arrow • Format: Paperback • Pages: 496 • Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 3.5 cm

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I tattooed a number on her arm. She tattooed her name on my heart. In 1942, Lale Sokolov arrived in Auschwitz-Birkenau. He was given the job of tattooing the prisoners marked for survival - scratching numbers into his fellow victims' arms in indelible ink to create what would become one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust. Waiting in line to be tattooed, terrified and shaking, was a young girl. For Lale - a dandy, a jack-the-lad, a bit of a chancer - it was love at first sight. And he was determined not only to survive himself, but to ensure this woman, Gita, did, too. So begins one of the most life-affirming, courageous, unforgettable and human stories of the Holocaust: the love story of the tattooist of Auschwitz. Product Information:• ISBN: 9781785763649• Author: Heather Morris• Publisher: Bonnier Zaffre• Format: Paperback• Pages: 275• Dimensions: 24 x 16 x 2.5cm

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Deeply touching, humble and filled with wisdom, Stories of Hope is the non-fiction debut from the author of the internationally bestselling novel The Tattooist of Auschwitz. Now, in this essential companion, Heather Morris presents an inspiring manual for life, with a series of tales of the remarkable people she has met, the incredible stories they have shared with her, and the lessons they hold for us all. In Stories of Hope, explores Heather’s extraordinary talents as a listener - a skill she employed when she first met Lale Sokolov, the tattooist at Auschwitz-Birkenau and the inspiration for her bestselling novel. Heather shares the story behind her inspirational writing journey and the defining experiences of her life, including her profound friendship with Lale, and explores how she learned to really listen to the stories people told her - skills she believes we can all learn. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781786580474 • Author: Heather Morris • Publisher: Manilla Press • Format: Hardcover • Pages: 320 • Dimensions: 22.2 x 14.4 x 3.1 cm

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The heartwarming final chapter in the Bluebird Girls series. As war finally draws to a close and the lights come back on across Europe, what will victory and peacetime bring for the south coast's favourite singing trio? In their rise to fame over the course of the war, Bea Herron, Ivy Sparrow and Rainey Bird have faced down bombs and looked tragedy in the eye. They have also found love, created their own families and had careers that they never thought possible. With peace finally on the horizon, what will the new world hold for them? Product Information: • ISBN: 9781529405330 • Author: Rosie Archer • Publisher: Quercus • Format: Paperback • Pages: 352 • Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 3 cm

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