Svenja O’Donnell: War’s Silent Voices

By Ebury Publishing

By Ebury Publishing

From the author of Inge’s War, a list of books that looks at those war leaves in its wake: women, civilians, survivors, ordinary people navigating life during, and after, conflict, narratives history has too often ignored.  

The Unwomanly Face of War

Svetlana Alexievich

£9.99 £9.29

In this extraordinary testament of Soviet women's experiences in the Second World War, Alexievich asks the question at the heart of my own work as a writer: why have women not stood up for their history?

The House by the Lake

Thomas Harding

£9.99 £9.29

A fascinating account of a century of German history through the prism of a house loved, lived in and lost.

Priscilla: The Hidden Life of an Englishwoman in Wartime France

Nicholas Shakespeare

£12.99 £12.08

I credit this book with encouraging me to write Inge’s War. Nicholas Shakespeare, in his aunt’s story, shows that not everyone can be a hero they wanted to be in war, but that survival, for all its grey areas, is nonetheless compelling and real.

Alone in Berlin

Hans Fallada

£9.99 £9.29

Compelling and deeply moving, a novel about the grief, complexities and heroism of ordinary people in extraordinary times.

All for Nothing

Walter Kempowski

£8.99 £8.36

A hauntingly beautiful and honest novel set in East Prussia about the things we cling to, and the ambiguity of human decisions, when the world as one knows it is about to end.

Visitation

Jenny (Y) Erpenbeck

£8.99 £8.36

Erpenbeck’s novel explores the concept of homeland and conscience through a house and its landscape that have seen a century pass. Brutal at times in its simplicity, it is one of the most extraordinary books I have ever read.

Suite Francaise

Irene Nemirovsky

£9.99 £9.29

An unfinished masterpiece, Nemirovsky novel is as remarkable as the story of its survival. With elegance and compassion, Suite Francaise charts a people in flux, trying to find their way in world where, for all the hypocrisy and hate, love, and even hope can grow.

A Whole Life

ROBERT SEETHALER

£8.99 £8.36

A beautiful, gentle book about solitude and truth, two constants in a changing world.

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