Today is Remembrance Day here in the UK. Remembrance Day is all about looking back and recognising the contribution of those who have died serving the country in the British armed forces. To commemorate these men and women, at the 11th hour the 11th day of the 11th month every year the whole nation falls silent for 2 minutes. And remembrance services are held up and down the country.
I saw a post on Dizzy C’s Little Book Blog which talked about possible Remembrance Day reads and I thought it was a great idea. So this is my take on it.
This book is one of my favourite books ever (along with the next in in this list) so is of course also one of my favourite ‘war stories’. Birdsong is set before and during the First World War and follows the life of a young man Stephen who becomes a solider in the trenches.
Fawkes is also the writer of The Fatal Englishman which is a biography of 3 English men including the life of Richard Hilary who was a fighter pilot who was injured during the second world war.
Captain Corelli’s Mandolin is set in the Greek Island of Cephalonia at the beginning of the Second World War (before Greece was invaded). An Italian batalion is stationed on the island and this is where we meet Captain Corelli. While on the island Captain Corelli meets a resisdent of the island, Pelagia, whom he falls in love with.
This trilogy (Regeneration, The Eye in the Door and Ghost Road) is set during the first world war. It follows an army psychiatrist who is treating patients to try and get them fit to go back to the front. It also follows the lives of three of his patients and their lives at the front.