Wars 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

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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

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

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Johnny Got His Gun is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
sebbzor added Johnny Got His Gun Dalton Trumbo

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Birdsong: a Novel of Love and ... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1

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The Good Soldier Švejk is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
The Good Soldier Švejk Jaroslav Hašek

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Regeneration Trilogy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1

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Fall of Giants is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
Fall of Giants Ken Follett

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Journey to the End of the Nigh... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
Journey to the End of the Night Louis-Ferdinand Céline

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A Very Long Engagement is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
A Very Long Engagement Sébastien Japrisot

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A Soldier of the Great War is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1

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Storm of Steel is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
Mollevangsvagen added Storm of Steel Ernst Jünger

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The four horsemen of the Apoca... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
The four horsemen of the Apocalypse Vicente Blasco Ibáñez

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

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Guignol's band is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
Mollevangsvagen added 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
Mollevangsvagen added Sturm Ernst Jünger

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Three Day Road is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
Three Day Road Joseph Boyden

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The Road Back is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
The Road Back Erich Maria Remarque

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The Return of the Soldier is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1

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Maisie Dobbs is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
Maisie Dobbs Jacqueline Winspear

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War Horse (War Horse, #1) is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
War Horse (War Horse, #1) Michael Morpurgo

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Testament of Youth is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
mk1124 added Testament of Youth Vera Brittain

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Ashenden: Or the British Agent is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
Ashenden: Or the British Agent W. Somerset Maugham

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In Pale Battalions is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
In Pale Battalions Robert Goddard

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And Quiet Flows the Don is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
And Quiet Flows the Don Michail Aleksandrovich Sholokhov

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Lawrence of Arabia is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
Brody Hillstock added Lawrence of Arabia Richard Aldington

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Flanders is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
Flanders Patricia Anthony

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The First Casualty is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
The First Casualty David L. Seidman, Ben Elton

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Random Harvest is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
Random Harvest James Hilton

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The Wars is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
GillesC.Potvin added The Wars Timothy Findley

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The Daughters of Mars is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
The Daughters of Mars Thomas Keneally

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After the war is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
After the war Richard Marius

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The comedy of Charleroi, and o... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
Mollevangsvagen added The comedy of Charleroi, and other stories Pierre Drieu La Rochelle

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Private Peaceful is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
Private Peaceful Michael Morpurgo

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Winged Victory is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
Winged Victory V. M. Yeates

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Birds Without Wings is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
Birds Without Wings Louis de Bernières

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The Officers' Ward is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
The Officers' Ward Marc Dugain

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Sardinian brigade is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
Sardinian brigade Emilio Lussu

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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
warfreak added 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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hard to catch mercy is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
hard to catch mercy William Baldwin

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One of Ours is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
One of Ours Willa Cather

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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

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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
JemShaw added The Larks George Abbe

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Lethargica is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
Lethargica Edward H. Carpenter

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The Tea Rose is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
The Tea Rose Jennifer Donnelly