There is something so special about historical fiction: being transported into another world that isn't make-believe; gaining a better understanding of a different culture or country and learning something new without being in a classroom.
The Second World War is one of the world's defining moments, a turning point in world politics that changed the way we viewed empire, race and conflict. It is filled with events that tell a plethora of stories from a myriad of people. As such it is unsurprising that there is a wealth of literature, media and scholarship on the subject.
This week's list is a selection of books set all over the world during the war. It ranges from occupied France, Greece, Malaya and Singapore to the atrocities committed in Germany and Burma by the Axis Powers. A couple are first hand accounts that have been beautifully written into gripping, novel-like reads (The Tattooist of Auschwitz and The Railway Man). While others tell the stories of those left behind, not fighting but surviving occupation (The Nightingale and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society). All the Light We Cannot See is my favourite for its brilliant prose and clever storyline that follows a blind French girl and a gifted German boy who are growing up amid the conflict.