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.
Birdsong- Sebastian Fawkes
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- Louis de Bernieres
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.
Pat Barker’s Regeneration Trilogy
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.
(Designed) For younger readers: Carrie’s War, Remembrance, When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit
Filed under general, Musings
Again I’m taking part in the Book Blogger Hop, which is a great event taking place every week that helps book blogggers to find one another. To have a look just click the picture. If you’re here from over there welcome! I hope you enjoy looking around, feel free to comment anywhere and pop in to say hi here- I promise to visit your blog in return.
As usual I will be posting my best finds on Monday.
Over the last couple of weeks Jennifer has been asking questions so we can get to know each other better this week she’s asking about our favourite authors and why they are our favourites.
I have a few favourites. JK Rowling because I just love the Harry Potter books, they completely take you into a different world- it’s escapism, and it’s what really brought me to the online world (for more see my me and books section). Jasper Fforde because his books are so clever, there are all types of references that readers like us will appreciate, plus his books are funny and exciting. Sebastian Fawkes because he can really take you into another time and get inside another person’s head. Birdsong remains one of my favourite historical fiction books even though I read it when I was back in school, and Engleby actually made me like a potential murderer. Haruki Murakami, because his writing is so beautiful that it’s almost poetic and his stories are like nothing I’ve ever read before.