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10 Fantastic World War II Books by Female Authors

4. Goodnight Mr Tom by Michelle Magorian

Willie Beech is evacuated from London to the countryside, and he goes to stay at the home of Tom Oakley in the village of Little Weirwold. Oakley is a curmudgeonly widower who has few friends and it is clear the two are total opposites. But slowly a friendship starts to blossom, and Willie begins to thrive in his new home. That is, until he learns his mother is sick and he must return to London… Poignant yet life-affirming, Goodnight Mr Tom explores the world of evacuees, highlighting the strange circumstances the children had to confront. Although dealing with difficult topics, Magorian’s novel is still beautifully written, with kindness and wit on every page. One for children and adults alike. Read More.
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5. The Granville Sisters by Una-Mary Parker

The first in a trilogy, Una-Mary Parker’s novel follows the eponymous siblings from their privileged lives in the 1930s to the outbreak of the war and the consequences that follow. Older sisters Rosie and Juliet are bitter love rivals, Louise falls in love with an evacuee and becomes pregnant out of wedlock, and Amanda, much to the family’s dismay, is left-wing. That only leaves Charlotte to whom their mother can pin her hopes on. But can she fulfil those expectations? Despite the large cast of characters, the reader gets to know the sisters intimately through Parker’s excellent writing, which full of incredible imagery. There is never a dull moment in this book and if you like your reads full of scandal or just a good romp, then The Granville Sisters may be for you. Read More.
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6. A Boy in Winter by Rachel Seiffert

Longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction in 2018, A Boy in Winter is a short but powerful novel set over three days during the German Occupation of Ukraine in 1941. We follow Yankel, a Jewish boy protecting his younger brother at all costs and Yasia, a teenager who finds herself caught up in the action. There is also German road engineer Otto Pohl, who has severe misgivings about the regime he works for. Seiffert’s imagery is wonderfully atmospheric; the constant references to the fog and darkness feel almost suffocating to read, perfectly capturing the mood of the small town. The multi-character perspective is also used to great effect as it shows the reader different social and political viewpoints of the period. A quiet, unassuming reads that packs a mighty punch. Read More.
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