The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan

For more moving war novels like this year’s Man Booker prize winner…

A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute for a classic story that also uses the brutality of war alongside a moving love story in an Asian and Australian setting.

The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng for a previous Booker shortlisted novel which is a haunting and affecting look at the Japanese occupation of Malaysia. 

Regeneration by Pat Barker for another war story inspired by the author’s ancestors.

Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks for an epic novel of love and war telling the life story of one man.

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A thrush that sings varied melodious songs on warm summer nights … in Europe, the nightingale; in North America, the mockingbird.  One gets romantic odes, fairy tales, nostalgic songs, and instrumental duets broadcast on the radio; the other gets cursed for making a racket at two in the morning.  What gives? Is it the name? Beautiful birdsong in the middle of the night is a gift, and you only get it a few months of the year. Try to think of your mockingbird as a nightingale and see what a difference it makes.