I see a pattern. Do you?
- In the Wolf’s Mouth by Adam Foulds – Africa & Sicily, Post-WWII
- The Temporary Gentleman by Sebastian Barry – 1950 Ghana remembering WWII
- The Undertaking by Audrey Magee – Germany WWII
- The Zone of Interest by Martin Amis – setting implies Germany 1940s WWII
- A God in Every Stone by Kamila Shamsie – England, Turkey, India – WWI
- Arctic Summer by Damon Galgut – England, Cairo, India – 1912 (unclear from reviews if/how much WWI figures into the story)
- Mac and Me by Esther Freud – England WWI
- The Lie by Helen Dunmore – WWI France; Post-WWI Cornwall
- The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters – 1922 England, Post-WWI
- Wake by Anna Hope – England Post-WWI
- The Architect’s Apprentice by Elif Shafak – 1600s Turkey
- The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton – 1600s Amsterdam
- Viper Wine by Hermione Eyre – 1600s England
- The Ten Thousand Things by John Spurling – 1300s China
- The Wake by Paul Kingsnorth – England Post-1066
- Western writers and readers obviously still can’t get enough of WWI and WWII.
- The 1600s remains a popular era.
- The context of war is fertile soil for story.
Publishing note: The Wake by Paul Kingsworth appears to have been originally published in 2014 by a crowdsourcing process. See:
Can you guess which just jumped to the top of my TBR list?
Lusanne, My guess for you would be China 1300’s. Am I right? As for me, I am printing the list and want to read at least eight of them. Woe is me when I look at my TBR stack.
You got it! That one just moved to the top of the stack. And probably The Architect’s Apprentice too – since it’s set in 1600s Turkey. And, the India settings are also calling me. The TBR stack grows and grows. Alas!