books The Best Novels About World War 1

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List Rules Fiction books that use WWI as a setting or major theme

Love historical fiction? This list of the best novels about World War 1 is perfect for you!  This list attempts to answer the question, "What are the best historical fiction books about World War 1?" But with so many good books to choose from, there's bound to be some debate about the best WW1 books. And that's just fine. Voting for your favorite WW1 novel will help us finally decide which books are the most beloved.

Also known as the First World War, this global war lasted from 1914 – 1918. It was the fifth deadliest war in the world’s history. Until the approach of second World War, it was simply referred to as the Great War or World War. The war involved most of the world’s countries that drew together and eventually formed into two separate alliances: the Allies and the Central Powers. Ultimately over 70 military personnel, including 60 million European military personnel were mobilized into one of the largest wars in history. The underlying cause of the war was the 28 June 1914 assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, heir to the throne of Austria-Hungary, by Yugoslav nationalist Gavrilo Princip in Sarajevo.

The end-result of the murder set off a diplomatic crisis; within weeks the war began, spreading the conflict across the world. The League of Nations was formed as a direct result of the war. While many timeless stories have been written about the events that took place in the war, this list focuses on perhaps the best WWI fictional novels.

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All Quiet on the Western Front is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
All Quiet on the Western Front Erich Maria Remarque - An omnibus of Erich Maria Remarque's "All Quiet on the Western Front" and Joseph Roth's "Job".

36 Rare Photos From World War II The All-Time Greatest Horror Writers

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A Farewell to Arms is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
A Farewell to Arms Ernest Hemingway - A Farewell to Arms is a novel written by Ernest Hemingway set during the Italian campaign of World War I. The book, published in 1929, is a first-person account of American Frederic Henry, serving as ...more

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August 1914 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
August 1914 Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

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The Good Soldier Švejk is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
The Good Soldier Švejk Jaroslav Hašek - The Good Soldier Švejk, also spelled Schweik or Schwejk is the abbreviated title of an unfinished satirical/dark comedy novel by Jaroslav Hašek. The original Czech title of the work is Osudy ...more

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Fall of Giants is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
Fall of Giants Ken Follett - Fall of Giants is a historical novel by Welsh-born author Ken Follett. It is the first in the Century Trilogy, and follows five interrelated families throughout the course of the 20th century. The ...more

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Journey to the End of the Nigh... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
Journey to the End of the Night Louis-Ferdinand Céline - Journey to the End of the Night is the first novel of Louis-Ferdinand Céline. This semi-autobiographical work describes antihero Ferdinand Bardamu. Bardamu is involved with World War I, ...more

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Regeneration Trilogy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
Regeneration Trilogy Pat Barker - The Regeneration Trilogy is a series of three novels by Pat Barker on the subject of the First World War. In 2012, The Observer named it as one of "The 10 best historical ...more

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Johnny Got His Gun is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
Johnny Got His Gun Dalton Trumbo - Johnny Got His Gun is an anti-war novel written in 1938 by American novelist and screenwriter Dalton Trumbo and published September 1939 by J. B. Lippincott. The novel won one of the early National ...more

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Birdsong: a Novel of Love and ... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1

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The four horsemen of the Apoca... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
The four horsemen of the Apocalypse Vicente Blasco Ibáñez

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A Very Long Engagement is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
A Very Long Engagement Sébastien Japrisot - A Very Long Engagement is a novel by Sebastien Japrisot.

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A Soldier of the Great War is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
A Soldier of the Great War Mark Helprin - A Soldier of the Great War is a novel by Mark Helprin concerning an aged World War I veteran who recounts his life and adventures while traveling with a young man he meets after the two of them are ...more

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Storm of Steel is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
Storm of Steel Ernst Jünger - Storm of Steel is the memoir of German officer Ernst Jünger's experiences on the Western Front during the First World War. It was originally printed privately in 1920, making it one of the first ...more

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Forest of the Hanged is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
Forest of the Hanged Liviu Rebreanu

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Journey's End is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
Journey's End R. C. Sherriff - Journey's End is a 1928 drama, the seventh of English playwright R. C. Sherriff. It was first performed at the Apollo Theatre in London by the Incorporated Stage Society on 9 December 1928, starring a ...more

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Guignol's band is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
Guignol's band Louis-Ferdinand Céline

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Sturm is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
Sturm Ernst Jünger

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The Road Back is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
The Road Back Erich Maria Remarque - The Road Back is a novel by German author Erich Maria Remarque. The novel was first serialized in the German newspaper Vossische Zeitung between December 1930 and January 1931, and published in book ...more

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Maisie Dobbs is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
Maisie Dobbs Jacqueline Winspear - Maisie Dobbs is a mystery by Jacqueline Winspear published in 2003. Set in England between 1910 and 1929, it features the title character Maisie Dobbs, a private investigator. Generally well received ...more

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Ashenden: Or the British Agent is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
Ashenden: Or the British Agent W. Somerset Maugham - Ashenden: Or the British Agent is a 1928 collection of loosely linked stories by W. Somerset Maugham. It is partly based on the author's experience as a member of British Intelligence in Europe during ...more

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And Quiet Flows the Don is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
And Quiet Flows the Don Michail Aleksandrovich Sholokhov - And Quiet Flows the Don or Quietly Flows the Don is an epic novel in four volumes by Russian writer Mikhail Aleksandrovich Sholokhov. The first three volumes were written from 1925 to 1932 and ...more

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In Pale Battalions is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
In Pale Battalions Robert Goddard

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Three Day Road is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
Three Day Road Joseph Boyden - Three Day Road is the first novel from Canadian writer Joseph Boyden. Joseph’s maternal grandfather, as well as an uncle on his father’s side, served as soldiers during the First World War, and Boyden ...more

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War Horse (War Horse, #1) is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
War Horse (War Horse, #1) Michael Morpurgo

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The Return of the Soldier is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
The Return of the Soldier Rebecca West - The Return of the Soldier is the debut novel of English novelist Rebecca West, first published in 1918. The novel recounts the return of the shell shocked Captain Chris Baldry from the trenches of The ...more

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Random Harvest is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
Random Harvest James Hilton - Random Harvest is a novel written by James Hilton, first published in 1941. Like previous Hilton works, including Lost Horizon and Goodbye, Mr. Chips, the novel was immensely popular, placing second ...more

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The First Casualty is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
The First Casualty David L. Seidman, Ben Elton - The First Casualty is a historical crime novel by English author Ben Elton, set during the First World War.

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After the war is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
After the war Richard Marius

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The Daughters of Mars is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
The Daughters of Mars Thomas Keneally - The Daughters of Mars is a book written by Thomas Keneally.

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The comedy of Charleroi, and o... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1

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Birds Without Wings is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
Birds Without Wings Louis de Bernières - Birds Without Wings is a novel by Louis de Bernières, written in 2004. Narrated by various characters, it tells the tragic love story of Philothei and Ibrahim. It also chronicles the rise of ...more

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Flanders is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
Flanders Patricia Anthony

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The Wars is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
The Wars Timothy Findley - The Wars is a 1977 novel by Timothy Findley that tells the story of a young Canadian officer in World War I. Nineteen-year-old Robert Ross tries to escape both his grief over his sister's death and ...more

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Winged Victory is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
Winged Victory V. M. Yeates - Winged Victory is a 1934 novel by English World War I fighter pilot Victor Maslin Yeates that is widely regarded as a classic description of aerial combat and the futility of war.

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Sardinian brigade is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
Sardinian brigade Emilio Lussu

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Testament of Youth is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
Testament of Youth Vera Brittain - Testament of Youth is the first instalment, covering 1900–1925, in the memoir of Vera Brittain. It was published in 1933. Brittain's memoir continues with Testament of Experience, published in 1957, ...more

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Private Peaceful is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
Private Peaceful Michael Morpurgo - Private Peaceful is a novel for older children by Michael Morpurgo, first published in 2003. It is about a soldier called Thomas "Tommo" Peaceful, who is looking back on his life from the ...more

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Lawrence of Arabia is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
Lawrence of Arabia Richard Aldington

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The Officers' Ward is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
The Officers' Ward Marc Dugain - The Officers' Ward, is a novel by Marc Dugain, published in 1998. It is supposedly based on the experiences of one of the author's own ancestors during World War I. The novel was made into a film in ...more

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A sailor of Austria is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
A sailor of Austria John Biggins

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Belmedon, 1914 is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
Belmedon, 1914 13 year-old Gabriel becomes separated from his parents, and finds himself in charge of his little sister in the midst of a Europe mobilizing for war

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One of Ours is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
One of Ours Willa Cather - One of Ours is a novel by Willa Cather that won the 1923 Pulitzer Prize for the Novel. It tells the story of the life of Claude Wheeler, a Nebraska native around the turn of the 20th century. The son ...more

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hard to catch mercy is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
hard to catch mercy William Baldwin

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Long Road to Baghdad is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
Long Road to Baghdad Catrin Collier

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Rilla of Ingleside is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
Rilla of Ingleside Lucy Maud Montgomery - Rilla of Ingleside is the eighth of nine books in the Anne of Green Gables series by Lucy Maud Montgomery, but was the sixth "Anne" novel in publication order. This book draws the focus back ...more

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The Book of Secrets is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
The Book of Secrets M.G. Vassanji

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The larks is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
The Larks George Abbe

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The Tea Rose is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
The Tea Rose Jennifer Donnelly - The Tea Rose is a historical fiction novel by Jennifer Donnelly. It is the first book of a trilogy about London's East End at the turn of the 19th century. It was published in March 2, 2004.

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Lethargica is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
Lethargica Edward H. Carpenter