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The Tobacconist

Author: Robert Seethaler

Publisher: Picador (2017)

Seventeen-year-old Franz leaves his home and the idyllic beauty of the Austrian lake district for the bustle of Vienna. He is apprenticed to an elderly tobacconist, among whose regulars is a Professor Freud, whose predilection for cigars and occasional willingness to dispense romantic advice will forge a bond between him and young Franz. It is 1937. In a matter of months Germany will annex Austria and the storm that has been threatening to engulf the little tobacconist will descend, leaving the lives of Franz and everyone he knows irredeemably changed ...

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The War In The Air

Author: H G Wells


Young Bert Smallways, a brilliant mechanist and accidental aeronaut, finds himself as a reluctant stowaway upon the very same airship which begins the Great War. This is "dieselpunk" at its finest, featuring petrol-powered war machines, ironclads, bombardments, espionage, intrigue and daring adventures in the wild skies of the earliest 1900s. Smallways is swept away aboard the Vaterland, the flagship piloted by a belligerent German Prince, whose mastery of technology shall herald in a new age of war. How long can Smallways keep his identity a secret from the Prince? Will Bert survive THE WAR IN THE AIR?

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The Zone Of Interest

Author: Martin Amis

Publisher: Vintage (2015)

'Surely his masterpiece… Intelligent, terrifying and comic… Amis has tackled the biggest questions with imagination and intelligence, and the ultimate strength of this masterly novel is that he knows, and shows, that although there is no answer to the questions Auschwitz poses, we must never stop asking them. Read it, ponder it – revel in it indeed – then read it again.' Allan Massie, Scotsman

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Time To Say Goodbye

Author: Katie Flynn

Publisher: Arrow (2014)

It’s 1939, and three girls meet on a station platform Imogen, Rita and Debbie missed the original evacuation, and the village is full, but to their relief Auntie, who runs the Canary and Linnet pub offers to take them in. Then they meet Woody and Josh, also evacuees, and find that by climbing the tallest tree they have a bird’s eye view of the nearest RAF station. They watch the young fighter pilots as the Battle of Britain rages, though after they find an injured flier, war becomes a stark reality. Then, twenty years on, the girls decide on a reunion, and many surprises come to light…

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Author: Bernard Cornwell

Publisher: HarperCollins (2002)

It is 1346. While King Edward III fights in France, England lies exposed to the threat of invasion. Thomas of Hookton, archer and hero of Crécy, finds himself back in the north just as the Scots invade on behalf of their French allies. Thomas is determined to pursue his personal quest: to discover whether a relic he is searching for is the Holy Grail. But once again it is the archers whose skills will be called upon, and who will become the true heroes of the battle.

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Author: Anna Hope

Publisher: Transworld Digital (2014)

Remembrance Day 1920: A wartime secret connects three women’s lives: Hettie whose wounded brother won’t speak. Evelyn who still grieves for her lost lover. And Ada, who has never received an official letter about her son’s death, and is still waiting for him to come home. As the mystery that binds them begins to unravel, far away, in the fields of France, the Unknown Soldier embarks on his journey home. The mood of the nation is turning towards the future – but can these three women ever let go of the past?

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War And The Future

Author: H G Wells


War and the Future (1917) is a work of war propaganda by H.G. Wells that was published in the North America under the title Italy, France, and Britain at War (the subtitle of the British original).

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Where My Heart Used To Beat

Author: Sebastian Faulks

Publisher: Vintage (2016)

On a small island off the south coast of France, Robert Hendricks – an English doctor who has seen the best and the worst the twentieth century had to offer – is forced to confront the events that made up his life. His host is Alexander Pereira, a man who seems to know more about his guest than Hendricks himself does. The search for the past takes us through the war in Italy in 1944, a passionate love that seems to hold out hope, the great days of idealistic work in the 1960s and finally – unforgettably – back into the trenches of the Western Front.

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Author: Barry Thomas

Publisher: Macmillan (1977)

Wings is a drama series about the Royal Flying Corps that ran on BBC television from 1977 to 1978.

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Zero Hour

Authors: Clive Cussler, Graham Brown

Publisher: Penguin Books (2014)

A BURNING HELICOPTER CRASHES INTO SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE AND KURT AUSTIN IS FLUNG HEADLONG INTO A RACE TO AVERT GLOBAL CATASTROPHE . . . Attempting to save a man in a speedboat from a sniper swooping in by helicopter, Kurt Austin lands himself in trouble with the Australian secret service. Though he gives them their only clue – ‘Tartarus', the last word of a dying man – Kurt is brusquely warned off. Intrigued and never one to ignore a mystery, he is soon on the trail of a crazed scientist hellbent on unleashing a deadly destructive force: machines capable of triggering earthquakes. Now Austin must assemble the NUMA team. Their mission? To find and stop this madman before he tears the world apart.

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