All is NOT Fair in Love and War

Nella Last's war the Second World War diaries of 'Housewife, 49'

edited by Richard Broad and Suzie Fleming.


In 1939, housewife and mother Nella Last began a diary whose entries, in their regularity, length, and quality, have created a record of World War II. This is a moving testimony, which, covering sex, death, and fear of invasion, provides a new, unglamourous, female perspective on the war years.

The mullah's storm

Thomas W. Young.


A transport plane carrying an important Taliban detainee for interrogation is shot down in a blizzard over Afghanistan. For two people - navigator Michael Parson and a woman Army interpreter, Sergeant Gold - a battle for survival begins across some of the most forbidding terrain on earth against not only the hazards of nature but the treacheries of man: the Taliban stalking them; the villagers, whose loyalty is unknown; and a prisoner who would v...

We band of angels : the untold story of American nurses trapped on Bataan by the Japanese

Elizabeth M. Norman

Action/Adventure, Nonfiction, History

We Band of Angels is the story of women searching for adventure, caught up in the drama and danger of war.

Resistance : a novel

Owen Sheers.

Historical Fiction, Science Fiction

1944. After the fall of Russia and the failed D-Day landings, a German counterattack lands on British soil. Within a month, half of Britain is occupied. The seat of British government has fled to Worcester, Churchill to Canada. A network of British resistance cells is all that is left to defy the German army. Against this backdrop, Resistance opens with Sarah Lewis, a twenty-six-year-old farmer’s wife, waking to find her husband, Tom, has d...

Sunrise over Fallujah

Walter Dean Myers.

Military Fiction

Operation Iraqi Freedom, that's the code name. But the young men and women in the military's Civil Affairs Battalion have a simpler name for it: WAR.In this new novel, Walter Dean Myers looks at a contemporary war with the same power and searing insight he brought to the Vietnam war of his classic, FALLEN ANGELS. He creates memorable characters like the book's narrator, Birdy, a young recruit from Harlem who's questioning why he even enlisted; Ma...

The Cellist of Sarajevo

Steven Galloway.

Historical Fiction, Military Fiction, Politics

A spare and haunting, wise and beautiful novel about the endurance of the human spirit and the subtle ways individuals reclaim their humanity in a city ravaged by war. In a city under siege, four people whose lives have been upended are ultimately reminded of what it is to be human. From his window, a musician sees twenty-two of his friends and neighbors waiting in a breadline. Then, in a flash, they are killed by a mortar attack. In an act of de...

Alice Bliss

Laura Harrington.

"Outside the back window Alice can see the outlines of the garden, some of the furrows visible under the snow, stretching away in long thin rows. She can't imagine doing the garden without her dad. It's his thing; she's always thought of herself as his assistant at best. She can't imagine doing anything without her dad and she starts to feel like she can't breathe. And then she looks at him. Just looks at him as he watches the fire with muffin cr...

A kiss from Maddalena

Christopher Castellani.

Historical Fiction

It is 1943, and Santa Cecilia has become a village of women. All the young men are away at war, except for Vito Leone, his best friend, and the shopkeeper's son. When Vito falls in love with Maddalena Picinelli, the shy and beautiful daughter of the town's most powerful family, a few obstacles appear in his path. Maddalena's sassy, iron-willed sister Carolina thinks he's a penniless fool. Her parents think his crazy mother has turned him into a m...

Transgression : a novel of love and war

James W. Nichol.

Historical Fiction

How can love survive a brutal time?In 1946 in North America, a child makes a grisly find in a deserted field-a discovery that opens a shuttered window on a secret dating back to the beginning of the turbulent decade.In 1941 in occupied France, Adele Georges's fruitless attempts to learn the whereabouts of her father, captured by the Nazis, lead her to a lonely young German soldier far from home. A spark between them becomes a fire-and a dangerous...


Mal Peet.

Historical Fiction

Now available - the Carnegie Medal winner comes to the U.S. When her grandfather dies, Tamar inherits a box containing a series of clues and coded messages. Out of the past, another Tamar emerges, a man involved in the terrifying world of resistance fighters in Nazi-occupied Holland half a century before. His story is one of passionate love, jealousy, and tragedy set against the daily fear and casual horror of the Second World War -- and unraveli...