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World War One Centenary - WW1 1914-1918

2014 marks 100 years since the outbreak of the first world war. Investigate the origins of the conflict and discover the stories of those who experienced it both on the front line and the home front with our collection of WW1 titles.

WW1 Adult Fiction
WW1 Adult Non Fiction
WW1 Children's Books

by Max Arthur
This landmark work using unique Imperial War Museum archive material, tells the story of World War One in the words of the men and women who were actually there.

by David Stevenson
In this wide-ranging international history of WW1 David Stevenson re-examines the causes, course and impact of the 'war to end war' placing it in the context of its era and exposing its underlying dynamics.

by Kate Adie
Award-winning former BBC Chief News Correspondent Kate Adie reveals the ways in which women's lives changed during World War One and what the impact has been for women in its centenary year.

by Vera Brittain
One woman's unforgettable record of the First World War, "Testament of Youth" is a haunting elegy for a lost generation.

directed by Andy de Emmony
The Wipers Times was a humorous, satirical and subversive newspaper produced in the trenches by Captain Fred Roberts and Lieutenant Jack Pearson. It proved hugely popular with soldiers - though not entirely with their superior officers. Braving constant bombardment and bitter fighting, The Wipers Times survived the Somme and made it through to the end of the war. This is a story of the extraordinary resilience of the human spirit in the face of overwhelming adversity.

by Marcia Williams
Archie Albright receives a scrapbook for his tenth birthday in April, 1914. When war breaks out, and his life changes for ever, Archie fills his scrapbook with anecdotes about life in the East End, newspaper clippings, letters from his dad and uncle who are fighting in France, and his own war–inspired comic strips. Archie's War is funny, touching and accessible, and gives a unique insight into what life was life for a child during the First World War.

by Erich Maria Remarque
In 1914 a room full of idealistic German schoolboys are goaded by their schoolmaster to march off to 'glorious war'. What follows is the moving story of a young 'unknown soldier' experiencing the horror and disillusionment of life in the trenches.

by James Riordan
Jack is standing among the war graves as he remembers, with horrible clarity, the death and misery of his days in the trenches. But he remembers too, the incredible moment when the guns fell silent for a short time, and fighting gave way to football on the frozen ground of No–Man's–Land.