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Second World War fiction

See below for a selection of the latest books from Second World War fiction category. Presented with a red border are the Second World War fiction books that have been lovingly read and reviewed by the experts at Lovereading. With expert reading recommendations made by people with a passion for books and some unique features Lovereading will help you find great Second World War fiction books and those from many more genres to read that will keep you inspired and entertained. And it's all free!

When the Menorah Fades

When the Menorah Fades

Author: Zvi Preigerzon Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/04/2020

Zvi Preigerzon (1900-1969), a Hebrew writer in the Soviet Union, wrote this book in complete secrecy, to the extent that he even hid its existence from his own family. The book is about the Jewish community in Hadiach, a small town in Ukraine where Shneur Zalman Schneerson, the founder of the Chabad movement, is buried. The town was occupied by the German army during the war and most of its Jewish population perished. Zvi Preigerzon describes the life of the simple Jewish people and their suffering under the Nazis, with a Kabbalistic spiritual touch: the Perpetual Flame of the Menorah at the grave of Shneur Zalman Schneerson symbolizes the very spirit of Jewish life, which it is said will persist as long as the flame is burning.

When the Menorah Fades

When the Menorah Fades

Author: Zvi Preigerzon Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/04/2020

Zvi Preigerzon (1900-1969), a Hebrew writer in the Soviet Union, wrote this book in complete secrecy, to the extent that he even hid its existence from his own family. The book is about the Jewish community in Hadiach, a small town in Ukraine where Shneur Zalman Schneerson, the founder of the Chabad movement, is buried. The town was occupied by the German army during the war and most of its Jewish population perished. Zvi Preigerzon describes the life of the simple Jewish people and their suffering under the Nazis, with a Kabbalistic spiritual touch: the Perpetual Flame of the Menorah at the grave of Shneur Zalman Schneerson symbolizes the very spirit of Jewish life, which it is said will persist as long as the flame is burning.

Innocence two novellas

Innocence two novellas

Author: Frank White Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/04/2020

In 2017 Hodder published Frank White's There Was A Time, surely the last novel about the Second World War to be written by someone who actually served in it. Now at the age of 93, Frank has written a poignant, nostalgic novella of coming of age in a Yorkshire village in the sixties and it is paired with another short novel set in Manchester at the outbreak of war and first published by Hodder in 1964. Innocence and A Morse Code Set are beautifully complementary in theme and show Frank White to be an author of extraordinary insight and tenderness.

Kittyhawk Down Dennis Copping & ET574

Kittyhawk Down Dennis Copping & ET574

Author: Jonathan Nicholas Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/04/2020

Sunday 28th June 1942 Flight Sergeant Dennis Copping took off in a single-seat Kittyhawk fighter for a short flight across Egypt. He never arrived at his destination. The aeroplane was later found crash-landed, virtually intact, three hundred miles into the Sahara with no sign of the pilot. There is evidence he survived the landing and indeed stayed with the aeroplane for a while, but he has so far never been found. Why was it there and what happened to the pilot? After extensive research including regular contact with surviving relatives and the man who first found the aeroplane, Jonathan Nicholas has pieced together Dennis Copping's desert war blending real people, events and places into an exciting new novel, a thrilling wartime desert mystery never-before-told.

The Prisoner's Wife

The Prisoner's Wife

Author: Maggie Brookes Format: Hardback Release Date: 16/04/2020

In the dead of night a farm girl and a British soldier creep through abandoned villages. Izabela and prisoner-of-war Bill have secretly married and are on the run, searching for Izabela's brother and father, who are fighting the Nazis as partisans. They've evaded capture in the countryside for a week, but when their luck runs out, they are delivered into the hands of the occupying enemy, the German army. But they have prepared for this moment. Izabela's hair has been shorn and, pretending to be unable to speak, she is assumed to be a mute young British soldier. The pair are transported to a POW camp and faced with living conditions far worse than those experienced by any animal on Izabela's farm. They will need the help of their fellow POWs to maintain their deception, and the gravity of the situation becomes chillingly apparent; if they are discovered, Izabela will have put not just herself and Bill in great danger, but also all the men around them. The Prisoner's Wife tells of an incredible risk, and how our deepest bonds are tested in desperate times. Bill and Izabela's is a story of love, and survival, against the darkest odds. Based on a true story, and researched extensively by the author on location in Eastern Europe, this is a story that takes the reader deep into a rarely-seen side of the Second World War.

The Prisoner's Wife

The Prisoner's Wife

Author: Maggie Brookes Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/04/2020

In the dead of night a farm girl and a British soldier creep through abandoned villages. Izabela and prisoner-of-war Bill have secretly married and are on the run, searching for Izabela's brother and father, who are fighting the Nazis as partisans. They've evaded capture in the countryside for a week, but when their luck runs out, they are delivered into the hands of the occupying enemy, the German army. But they have prepared for this moment. Izabela's hair has been shorn and, pretending to be unable to speak, she is assumed to be a mute young British soldier. The pair are transported to a POW camp and faced with living conditions far worse than those experienced by any animal on Izabela's farm. They will need the help of their fellow POWs to maintain their deception, and the gravity of the situation becomes chillingly apparent; if they are discovered, Izabela will have put not just herself and Bill in great danger, but also all the men around them. The Prisoner's Wife tells of an incredible risk, and how our deepest bonds are tested in desperate times. Bill and Izabela's is a story of love, and survival, against the darkest odds. Based on a true story, and researched extensively by the author on location in Eastern Europe, this is a story that takes the reader deep into a rarely-seen side of the Second World War.

South by Java Head

South by Java Head

Author: Alistair MacLean Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/04/2020

The 50th anniversary edition of this classic World War 2 adventure set in south-east Asia. February, 1942: Singapore lies burning and shattered, defenceless before the conquering hordes of the Japanese Army. The last boat escapes out of the harbour into the South China Sea, and on board are a desperate group of strangers, each with a secret to guard, each willing to kill to keep that secret safe. Dawn sees them far out to sea but with the first murderous dive bombers already aimed at their ship. Thus begins a nightmare succession of disasters wrought by the hell-bent Japanese, the unrelenting tropical sun and, ultimately, by the survivors themselves, as they head south by Java Head.

Surviving the War

Surviving the War

Author: Adiva Geffen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/04/2020

Based on an incredible true story of love, resilience, survival and hope. Perfect for fans of THE TATTOOIST OF AUSCHWITZ, CILKA'S JOURNEY and THE LIBRARIAN OF AUSCHWITZ. _______________________________ Against all odds, love will lead them home. Shurka, her beloved husband and their two small children lived in a remote village in Poland. When WWII broke out, they believed the danger would never reach them, but they soon learned how wrong they were. Forced to flee their family home, they found shelter with their fellow Jews in the nearest ghetto but, every night, more and more people disappeared; taken away on trucks and to never be seen again... There were rumours of camps at Sobibor, Treblinka and Auschwitz-Birkenau and, the longer the family stayed in the ghetto, the sooner those camps would become a horrifying reality. Escaping into the forest was their best hope of surviving the Holocaust. There the family, along with Jewish resistance fighters, tried to hide from the Nazi soldiers who hunted them. This new life would test them more than they ever thought possible... Even in the dark, hope can be found. _______________________________ Surviving The War is the international Amazon bestselling survival and holocaust story, based on an incredible true story and previously published as Surviving The Forest. It has been translated into English from the original Hebrew.

Thomas & Friends: Thomas the Hero VE Day

Thomas & Friends: Thomas the Hero VE Day

Author: Egmont Publishing UK Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/04/2020

When Thomas the Tank Engine sees a vintage plane flying over he is fascinated and follows it all the way to the airfield. There he meets many wonderful planes and learns all about the part they played in the war. Thomas wishes he could be a hero too. Then when one of the planes crash lands in a pond it's time for Thomas to come to the rescue. Perhaps he can be a hero after all. Thomas has been teaching children lessons about life and friendship for 75 years. He ranks alongside other beloved characters such as Paddington Bear, Winnie-the-Pooh and Peter Rabbit as an essential part of our literary heritage. Other picture books about Thomas the Tank Engine include: Thomas & Friends: Thomas and the Dinosaurs 9781405293112 Thomas & Friends: Thomas and the Spring Surprise - 9781405292917 Thomas & Friends: A Day at the Football - 9781405289238 Thomas & Friends: A Visit to London for Thomas the Tank Engine - 9781405281263

The Hare at Morning

The Hare at Morning

Author: David Phelps Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/03/2020

King William II - or William Rufus as he was more commonly known - was killed by an arrow while out hunting. But was it an accident or an assassination? His death remains one of the great mysteries of English history and in this fictional re-imagining, Herefordshire gamekeeper Horace Price finds his own story touching that of this medieval King in surprising ways. Horace looks back on his eventful life and the many changes that he has seen since his birth. He lived and fought through two world wars and, unlike many, rather enjoyed the experience. Driven by innate selfishness, our unreliable narrator, has dealt harshly with anyone whose dreams run counter to his own...including some underhand dealings that inadvertently changed our understanding of history. David Phelps uses folklore and history in this dual tale of medieval courtly rivalry and more recent skulduggery. Evoking the world of gamekeeping, the darker side of rural life is laid bare in The Hare at Morning

Liberation Inspired by the incredible true story of World War II's greatest heroine Nancy Wake

Liberation Inspired by the incredible true story of World War II's greatest heroine Nancy Wake

Author: Imogen Kealey Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/03/2020

To the Allies she was a fearless freedom fighter, special operations super spy, a woman ahead of her time. To the Gestapo she was a ghost, a shadow, the most wanted person in the world with a five-million Franc bounty on her head. Her name was Nancy Wake. Now, for the first time, the roots of her legend are told told in a thriller about one woman's incredible quest to save the man she loves, turn the tide of the war, and take brutal revenge on those who have wronged her.

Liberation Inspired by the incredible true story of World War II's greatest heroine Nancy Wake

Liberation Inspired by the incredible true story of World War II's greatest heroine Nancy Wake

Author: Imogen Kealey Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/03/2020

The must-read thriller inspired by the true story of Nancy Wake, whose husband was kidnapped by the Nazis and became the most decorated servicewoman of the Second World War - soon to be a major blockbuster film. To the Allies she was a fearless freedom fighter, special operations super spy, a woman ahead of her time. To the Gestapo she was a ghost, a shadow, the most wanted person in the world with a five-million Franc bounty on her head. Her name was Nancy Wake. Now, for the first time, the roots of her legend are told told in a thriller about one woman's incredible quest to save the man she loves, turn the tide of the war, and take brutal revenge on those who have wronged her.