OTHER BOOKS THAT BEAR THE S CARS OF WAR (£ 8.99, ORION) (£ 8.99, PENGUIN BOOKS) (£ 8.99, HODDER & STOUGHTON)
Bernhard Schlink Incredibly brought to life by Kate Winslet in the film of the same title, The Reader tells the story of Michael Berg and his youthful clandestine affair with the mysterious Hanna. Years later, as a law student, he learns more about Hanna’s real story – and the horrible crimes she’s spent years trying to bury.
Pat Barker A heartbreaking, beautiful novel about the traumas of people’s experiences of war. In this fictionalised account, poet-soldiers Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen find themselves at Craiglock War Hospital in 1917, where army psychiatrist William Rivers is charged with ‘fixing’ them so they can go back and fight.
The Yellow Birds
Kevin Powers About to be released as a movie featuring Jennifer Aniston and Toni Collette, this debut novel by former army machine gunner Powers was bestowed with various awards. It tells the story of the anguish of a young Iraq-tour veteran, and the promise he made to a young man’s mother to bring him home safely.