With yesterday being Anzac Day, I thought I’d ask a theme question this week. Are you a reader of war books? And if so, do you have any favourites?
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I am a fan of war books, actually – though I hesitate to use the word ‘fan’ when the subject matter runs to the horrific.
I think the first war-time book I ever read, or at least can remember reading was Anne Frank’s Diary of a Young Girl. I read it while still in primary school and it was the first time I really started to understand what war meant on an individual level – up until then war had simply been a concept talked about during history.
I have also enjoyed John Boyne’s The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, Morris Gleitzman’s Once, and Geraldine Brook’s March – but these are just the ones I can think of off the top of my head. I’m sure you’ll all remind me of the ones I’m forgetting.