Auckland Libraries: ANZAC novels

ANZAC novels

As we approach ANZAC Day (but really at any time of the year) it is time to reflect on not just Gallipoli but on both sides of the war and peace coin. Choose from a selection of adult titles that cover World War One and where possible the Kiwi experience.

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All quiet on the western front

Erich Maria Remarque

Audio CD

One of the first war novels to question the “gloriousness” of war, this book has been banned and celebrated. I have included the Audio version of the book as I first experienced this book by listening to it and feel it was incredibly powerful.

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Anzac heroes

Graphic novel

The other side of war. Perhaps because I had two brothers, I grew up reading their Commando comics so I can relate to these in a big way. While more about the thrill and adventure of war, personal bravery and comradeship are also celebrated.

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White feathers

Deborah Challinor

Book

There are several books with the title White Feathers, all based around World War One. This is the second book in the family saga which began with Tamar. It follows the family in the years leading up to, during and immediately following the war.

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Good sons

Greg Hall

Book

This 2017 novel is a coming of age story of three friends from Oamaru against the back drop of the war. It moves from the South Island through to the battlefields of France and was written to highlight the impact of war on ordinary people.

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Soldier

John A. (John Alexander) Lee

Book

Autobiographical in nature, this book was written in 1918 when the Kiwi politician and activist was recovering from an arm injury. It was not published until 1976. It covers some of his personal war experiences.

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The Christmas match

Pehr Thermaenius

Book

I have always been fascinated by this story. How in the middle of a war, the two sides could stop firing at each other and come together for just a few hours in comradeship before picking up arms again.

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Patricia Grace

Book

The only survivor of three young men who went to war from his family, Tū faces the past and tells his niece and nephew, through the pages of his war journal, what really happened to the brothers as the Māori Battalion fought the war in Italy.

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The virgin and the whale

Carl Nixon

Book

It is 1919. Elizabeth is waiting for her husband to return from war, though he is 'presumed dead'. She keeps him alive for their son by telling the story of a man she calls The Balloonist.

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The daughters of Mars

Thomas Keneally

Book

In 1915, two Australian sisters join the war effort as nurses, escaping the confines of their father’s farm and carrying a guilty secret with them. Used to tending the sick as they are, nothing could have prepared them for what they confront.

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A Gallipoli soldier's secret

Buket Uzuner

Book

On a pilgrimage to Turkey to find her great grandfather's grave, a young New Zealand woman stumbles over dark secrets that have been hidden in a village near Gallipoli for decades.

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Regeneration

Pat Barker

Book

The first book in Pat Barker’s trilogy telling the story of the life of famous war poet Siegfried Sassoon. A fictional account of actual history which was followed by In the eye of the door and concludes with The Ghost Road.

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Daughters of war

Hilary Green

Book

Book one in the Leonora series of two young British women who head to the Balkans as nurses but find that it is so much more than they could have imagined. Anne Perry and Cynthia Harrod-Eagles have also written series through this time period.

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Birdsong

Sebastian Faulks

Book

And finally one of my favourite World War One fiction novels. This is actually the second book in the author’s French trilogy. I enjoy this story of a young Englishman in France, the French family he lives with and what happens when War arrives.

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Book list by:

Anne Dickson

Anne

LibrarianMahurangi East Library

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