Regeneration – Pat Barker

“The road smelled of hot tar, moths flickered between the trees, and when at last, turning up the drive into Craiglockhart, he stopped and threw back his head, the stars burst on his upturned face like spray.” Published: 1991 Publisher: Penguin Genre: War Fiction Pat Barker’s first novel Regeneration focuses on Dr W. H Rivers,…

Hostage Three – Nick Lake

“As if all those wars and battles and slaughtered animals, through all of human history, have embedded in us a memory that we’re not even aware of. As if I, you, all people, know the smell of death, the same way we know to close our eyes when something flies towards our face” Published: 2013…

Toby’s Room – Pat Barker

“In the dimness his light famished pupils flared to twice their normal size, and forever afterwards, when she tried to recapture this moment, she remembered his eyes as black” Published: 2012 Publisher: Hamish Hamilton Genre: War Fiction Toby’s Room is the story of the death of a man: Toby Brooke, who is killed in the…

Parade’s End – Ford Madox Ford

“…the band would play Land of Hope and Glory, and then the adjutant would say: There will be no more parades…. Don’t you see how symbolical it was—the band playing Land of Hope and Glory, and then the adjutant saying: There will be no more parades?…” ‘Parade’s End’ is actually made up of four single…