|In Belfast World War 1 has never been "the forgotten war" because of the slaughter that took place
in the first week of the Battle of the Somme...
I can't do that anymore but I do have a blog and today I'd like to get you interested in 10 world war one books that I like and which you might not have read. In a couple of weeks it'll be 100th anniversary of Franz Ferdinand's driver turning left instead of right and stalling the car in front of Gavrilo Princip who had just come of a bakery with a roll in one hand and a pistol in the other...
1. The Great War And Modern Memory - Paul Fussell. A classic dissection of the Great's War's influence on the history and culture of the entire twentieth century.
2. Goodbye To All That - Robert Graves. What life was like before and after the trenches for one British soldier.
3. Regeneration - Pat Barker. My favourite World War 1 novel. It justly won the Booker Prize.
4. The Guns of August - Barbara Tuchmann. How the whole thing kicked off.
5. The Strange Death Of Liberal England - George Dangerfield. A history classic that no one reads anymore but everyone should.
6. All Quiet On The Western Front - Erich Maria Remarque. A brilliant look at the lives of ordinary German infantrymen on the line.
7. A Farewell To Arms - Ernest Hemingway. An American volunteer medic on the Italian front.
8. The First World War - John Keegan. A comprehensive history of the major battles and theatres of the war.
9. The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went To War - Christopher Clark. Another view about how it all kicked off.
10. The Penguin Book Of First World War Poetry. An excellent cheap collection of the best WW1 war poems.