The Best Wartime Novels

Our pick of the best wartime stories

Recently adapted by the BBC, Parade’s End is a classic war story, based on author Ford Madox Ford’s experiences on the western front during World War I. Opening as Edwardian England fades, bureaucrat Christopher Tietjens is clinging to the past. He marries scheming socialite, Sylvia but soon falls for a feisty suffragette. The characters’ lives are turned upside down when Britain declares war on Germany.

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