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If you love reading stories set in the war, then 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 with our range of war novels. Just use the filters below to find the right war fiction book for you.

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In 1940s Hampshire the war is settling into its stride bringing dark days for many. Connie Baxter has just moved in with her Aunt Gertie after the death of her mother. Gertie works as a cleaner at the Criterion Picture House in Gosport and she helps Connie to get a job there as an usherette. For Connie, it's the perfect place to work because she adores the movies with their glamorous, romantic stars. The only fly in the ointment is the Criterion's creepy manager with his wandering hands. But soon Connie is firm friends with Queenie, who sells ice creams and soon tells her how to warn him off. Charming Tommo Smith is a 'taxi-dancer'. For a fee he steers ladies of a certain age around the dance floor - and sometimes more besides which pays for his smart clothes. Connie's friend Queenie says he's a chancer, but his gorgeous blue eyes tell Connie something different. When suddenly he disappears, Connie accepts that Queenie may be right - he was too good to be true. As the war rages on and Connie struggles with the harsh realities of life and the turbulence of romance, she comes to realize that life isn't always like it is in the pictures. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781529405309 • Author: Rosie Archer • Publisher: Quercus • Format: Paperback • Pages: 352 • Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 2.8 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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Delve into the second volume in the bestselling, exhilarating WWII treasure-hunt thriller series … November 1941. Germany is about to win the war. Only one thing still separates the Nazis from a certain victory: they must find the three remaining all-powerful swastikas and reunite them with a fourth that is safely hidden away in Himmler's mountain stronghold. Churchill has no choice but to mobilize his best man, double agent Tristan Marcas, and employ the most risky techniques to beat them to it. It all comes to a showdown at a ball in Venice... Product Information: • ISBN: 9781529359428 • Author: Giacometti, Ravenne • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks • Format: Paperback • Pages: 384 • Dimensions: 20 x 12.7 x 1.97 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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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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A moving historical novel inspired by the German occupation of the Channel Islands during WW2. This is a story of courage, resilience and everyday acts of defiance from ordinary people forced to live in an extraordinary time. June 1940. While her little sister Rosie is sent to the UK to keep her safe from the invading German army, Estelle Le Maistre is left behind on Jersey to help her grandmother run the family farm. When the Germans occupy the island, everything changes and Estelle and the islanders must face the reality of life under Nazi rule. Interspersed with diary entries from Rosie back on the mainland, the novel is also inspired by real life stories from the author’s own family who were both on the island during the occupation and in London during the Blitz and is a true testament to the courage and bravery of the islanders. Product Information: • ISBN: 9780008436308 • Author: Deborah Carr • Publisher: One More Chapter • Format: Paperback • Pages: 416 • Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 2.5 cm

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A journey into war, but not one she’ll take alone… Orphan Kitty Pattison is young, naïve and ready to do her bit for the war effort when she volunteers with the Red Cross and pledges to help those most in need. It’s one of the most nerve-wracking moments of her life, but then she meets fellow volunteers Joan Norfolk and Trixie Dunn, and a bond of friendship is forged in the fire of life on the wards during the Blitz. Days are spent nursing injured soldiers back to life and nights are spent anticipating bombs falling from the sky and then trawling through the wreckage to save who she can, but the light and laughter she finds with Jo and Trix see Kitty through the darkest hours. And when Kitty starts growing closer to handsome Canadian doctor Michael McCarthy, it’s her friends who help her to find the courage to realise that no matter what has happened or what is to come, we all deserve love… Product Information: • ISBN: 9780008492380 • Author: Glynis Peters • Publisher: One More Chapter • Format: Paperback • Pages: 400 • Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 2.5 cm

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Sunderland, 1942: Christmas is fast approaching, and with it comes a flurry of snow and surprises... Against all odds, Polly's fiancé has finally returned home from the front line. If they can keep things on an even keel, she might get the winter wedding she's always dreamed of. Meanwhile shipyard manager Helen is determined to move on after a turbulent year. Her sights are set on breaking the yard's production record and no one, not even the handsome Dr Parker, is going to get in her way. And head welder Rosie's little sister Charlotte has turned up unannounced. Why is she back and so set on staying? Join the shipyard girls as they navigate through life, love and war this Christmas. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781787468559 • Author: Nancy Revell • Publisher: Arrow • Format: Paperback • Pages: 528 • Dimensions: 19.05 x 12.7 x 3.81 cm

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On the Home Front, one girl is determined to make a difference. But Edie’s hopes of serving overseas are dashed when she’s sent to be a Land Girl in a sleepy Cumbrian village. Prue has shut the world out since her son went away to fight. Yet when she’s asked to take in a Land Girl and two little evacuees from London, she has no choice. Edie’s heart breaks, seeing the children’s cold welcome. But when the evacuees take in a stray puppy, even Prue can’t say no. It’s not long before Edie realises Applefield Manor could become a sanctuary to all those without a home in wartime. But can she persuade Prue to open her heart, and her home? Product Information: • ISBN: 9780008407599 • Author: Gracie Taylor • Publisher: Avon • Format: Paperback • Pages: 416 • Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 2.5 cm

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Can friendship get them through the struggles of war? 1940, Liverpool: Alice Turner and her best friend, Millie Markham, work for the war effort at Rootes munitions factory, making shell caps and Halifax bombers. Alice's sweetheart Terry is home from the front for a brief period of leave. She's been in love with him since school, and the women are excitedly planning a whirlwind wedding. But the honeymoon is soon over. Terry must go back to the dangers of Nazi-occupied France, and the ever-present air raid sirens quickly bring Alice back down to earth. When a terrible explosion at the factory leads to a tragic death, Millie receives devastating news, and a loved one is announced missing in action, the heartbreak of war is suddenly all too real. Alice must believe Terry will make it home to keep up her strength. Her mother and Millie need all her support, and morale at the factory is at an all-time low. Can Alice and Millie help one another make it through these dark times, even as the war stretches on with no sign of an ending? Product Information: • ISBN: 9780751557374 • Author: Pam Howes • Publisher: Sphere • Format: Paperback • Pages: 336 • Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.6 x 3cm

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August 1940: As the Luftwaffe swarm over Liverpool, Shane Quinn decides to move his family back to the safety of Ireland. But his only child, the beautiful Dana, would rather stay and serve her country than flee to a foreign land. Determined to make it on her own, she joins the WAAF with newfound pals Patty and Lucy. There’s plenty of excitement to be had on a RAF station, even a chance or two at love… But the stark reality of war begins to take its toll and the three girls soon discover they need their friendship more than ever. And when shocking news arrives from Ireland, Dana will realise the true importance of family. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781787468580 • Author: Katie Flynn • Publisher: Arrow • Format: Paperback • Pages: 432 • Dimensions: 19.69 x 12.7 x 2.79 cm

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Far from home, hope will keep them together. In September 1940, after a year away from home, eleven-year-old twins Connie and Jessie have finally settled into evacuee life in Harrogate. But when the brutal bombings in London begin, threatening their parents who live near the Bermondsey docks, their courage is put to the test. Aunt Peggy keeps a watchful eye on the spirited twins but doesn’t know all their troubles as they start secondary school. She must raise baby Holly, while searching for the strength to divorce her cheating husband, who may have just ruined her only chance to love again. Product Information: • ISBN: 9780008257606 • Author: Katie King • Publisher: HQ • Format: Paperback • Pages: 352 • Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 2.2 cm

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Home is where the heart is... Beryl was the first Farley clan bride, finding a home in the arms of loving, attentive, elder son Tony. Yet even now, wrapped in Tony's embrace, Beryl has never quite been able to forget the past she ran away from, nor the shocking family secret she tried to bury. With Tony away fighting the Jerries alongside his brothers, it's up to Beryl and her sisters-in-law to keep the family afloat. Hard, gruelling work doesn't faze her, but the sudden arrival of a devastating letter does... Will Beryl be able to hold her family together and face up to her past? Or will the war take away the one thing she holds most dear - the one person she never thought she deserved? Product Information: • ISBN: 9781409196501 • Author: Elsie Mason • Publisher: Orion • Format: Paperback • Pages: 336 • Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 3.4 cm

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July 1914: Britain is in turmoil as WW1 begins to change the world. While the young men disappear off to foreign battlefields, the women left at home throw themselves into jobs meant for the boys. Hiding her privileged background and her suffragette past, Constance Copeland signs up to be a Clippie - collecting money and giving out tickets - on the trams, despite her parents' disapproval. Constance, now known as Connie, soon finds there is more to life than the wealth she was born into and she soon makes fast friends with lively fellow Clippies, Betty and Jean, as well as growing closer to the charming, gentle Inspector Robert Caldwell. But Connie is haunted by another secret; and if it comes out, it could destroy her new life. After war ends and the men return to take back their roles, will Connie find that she can return to her previous existence? Or has she been changed forever by seeing a new world through the tram windows? Product Information: • ISBN: 9781800324008 • Author: Lynn Johnson • Publisher: Canelo Hera • Format: Paperback • Pages: 400 • Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 2.4 cm

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Dover, 1940 With the Battle of Britain raging overhead and German guns firing across the Channel, the people of Dover suddenly find themselves on the front line. But despite the danger, Nellie Castle is determined to keep the café open, no matter what. For Nellie's daughter, Lily, it is an exciting time as she starts her nursing career. The work is demanding, but with romance on the horizon, she still finds time to enjoy herself. That is until a prisoner escapes from the hospital and everything she holds dear - including her freedom - is put at risk. Meanwhile there are strange goings-on at the café: rumours are circulating and long-buried secrets are surfacing. Secrets that could tear the Castle family apart once and for all . . . Product Information: • ISBN: 9781838773748 • Author: Ginny Bell • Publisher: Zaffre • Format: Paperback • Pages: 400 • Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 3 cm

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Can she put right the secrets of the past? London, 1939. Winnie Berry has been the landlady of the Battersea Tavern for nearly twenty-five years, and the pub is like home to her - a place of tears and laughter, full of customers that feel like family. A place where she's learned to avoid the quick fists of her husband, and where she's raised her beloved son, David. He's inherited his father's lazy streak and can't seem to hold down a job, but when war is declared Winnie is determined to keep her son safe. She's still haunted by the choice she made years ago as a desperate young woman, and she won't make the same mistake of letting her family be taken from her... But when a young woman crosses her path, the secrets of Winnie's past threaten to turn her world upside down. There's nothing stronger than a mother's love - but can it ever have a second chance? Product Information: • ISBN: 9781409197348 • Author: Kitty Neale • Publisher: Orion • Format: Paperback • Pages: 400 • Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.6 x 3 cm

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Spring 1944. As the Allied forces push on towards longed-for victory, Lily Collins yearns to join up and do her bit. But where does her duty lie? Her best friend Gladys faces having her first baby alone, with her new husband back with the Navy. And their friend Beryl is run off her feet building her bridal-hire business amid the bomb damage. So while wedding bells are ringing for others at Marlows Department Store, where Lily works, will they be heard for Lily herself – or does fate have another twist in store? Product Information: • ISBN: 9780008441999 • Author: Joanna Toye • Publisher: HarperCollins • Format: Paperback • Pages: 368 • Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 2.3 cm

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Delve into the fifteenth gripping Euphemia Martins Mystery, a nail-biting adventure set at the beginning of the Great War . . . It is August 1914 and war has been declared. Spymaster Fitzroy returns from France with a team of highly trained spotters wounded and unfit for duty. While Euphemia's husband, Bertram, is away undertaking Fitzroy's next mission, Euphemia and Merry go undercover as nurses in the hospital where Fitzroy's four surviving scouts are being treated. It is feared one of them is a traitor and Euphemia must identify him before it is too late. But at the hospital, Euphemia encounters far more than she'd bargained for and will need all her strength, wit and ingenuity to survive unscathed. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781786157966 • Author: Caroline Dunford • Publisher: Headline Accent • Format: Paperback • Pages: 272 • Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 2.2 cm

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Berlin, December 1939 As Germany goes to war, the Nazis tighten their terrifying grip. Paranoia in the capital is intensified by a rigidly enforced blackout that plunges the city into oppressive darkness every night, as the bleak winter sun sets. When a young woman is murdered, Criminal Inspector Horst Schenke is under pressure to solve the case, swiftly. Distrusted by his superiors for his failure to join the Nazi Party, Schenke walks a perilous line - for disloyalty is a death sentence. The discovery of a second victim confirms Schenke's worst fears. He must uncover the truth before evil strikes again. As the investigation takes him closer to the sinister heart of the regime, Schenke realises there is danger everywhere - and the warring factions of the Reich can be as deadly as a killer stalking the streets . . . Product Information: • ISBN: 9781472258564 • Author: Simon Scarrow • Publisher: Headline • Format: Paperback • Pages: 432 • Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 3.2 cm

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Their story will break your heart. Their journey will fill you with hope. You will never forget their names. When they are little girls, Cibi, Magda and Livia make a promise to their father - that they will stay together, no matter what. Years later, at just 15, Livia is ordered to Auschwitz by the Nazis. Cibi, only 19 herself, remembers their promise and follows Livia, determined to protect her sister, or die with her. Together, they fight to survive through unimaginable cruelty and hardship. Magda, only 17, stays with her mother and grandfather, hiding out in a neighbour's attic or in the forest when the Nazi militia come to round up friends, neighbours and family. She escapes for a time, but eventually she too is captured and transported to the death camp. In Auschwitz-Birkenau the three sisters are reunited and, remembering their father, they make a new promise, this time to each other: That they will survive. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781838772628 • Author: Heather Morris • Publisher: Zaffre • Format: Hardback • Pages: 400 • Dimensions: 24 x 16.2 x 4 cm

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