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Wartime Novels?

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tethersend Thu 21-Mar-13 23:49:53

Set in Germany?

Or England?

Or anywhere?

Have just finished the good-in-parts-but-overall-grindingly-disappointing Dominion by C J Sansom and it's left me wanting something better. Have had a bash at Fatherland by Robert Harris, but it's not really doing it for me either.

Has anyone read anything good which would fit my apparently narrow field of interest?

Graceparkhill Sat 13-Apr-13 22:18:05

I am currently reading Black Roses by Jane Thynne. The story of a young English actress in Berlin in 1933 who socialises with the Nazi wives.
Seems very well researched and is readable rather than high brow.

Also second the Cazalet Chronicles by Elizabeth Jane Howard and highly recommend Saplings by Noel Streatfeild and Good Evening Mrs Craven by Mollie Panter -Downes.

HOWARDCG Sun 17-Aug-14 00:52:44

I was on a book site, talking about Olivia Manning, and the Balkan Trilogy.
I have been told that one of the characters resembles Elizabeth David, and I was just curious as to which character.
I enjoy both Olivia Manning, and Elizabeth David and from reading their biographies they were both remarkable women. Over our 50+ years of marriage my wife has gone through a number of Elizabeth David books, if you use them for cooking they do eventually fall apart and need replacing which I have done on a number of occasions. Unfortunately my wife no longer cooks, is regretfully in care, but I am attempting to carry the baton forward using Elizabeth David, Jane Grigson, and of course Nigel Lawson.
any clues as to the identity of the various persons mentioned by Olivia Manning would be welcome many thanks.

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