Not NecessarilYA. (#1)

I know that Wear the Old Coat is a YA blog but on occasion I read some grown up books that are sooo good I need to gush and even though they haven’t been marketed as YA they still could, and should, be read by any age. When it comes to books, I don’t really believe in censorship (of course, there are some exceptions) because I think teenagers know what they are comfortable with reading about and I think it’s important for books to show the truth about certain situations, emotions and events and not sugarcoat them or patronise their readers.
But obviously, because these books are adult books there may be some situations that you as a parent, sibling, teenage reader yourself might not be comfortable reading or recommending to your kid. So maybe just flick through the pages or read some reviews to gage other reactions on them if you are concerned.

The thing that I found most difficult about finding books for Poppies & Prose was the fact that it’s so hard to put an age on war-themed books.
I mean, how can you say a book is only for adults when the men fighting in the war were 17, 18, 19, 20? Weren’t they young adults themselves?
So I thought I’d compile a brief list of books set in WW1 that aren’t necessarily YA but it would be impossible to do a feature on war-themed books without including them.

Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks. ( My review ) || I re-read this (3rd time) a couple of days ago and, I swear it gets better each time I read it. I could not recommend this book more highly. Stunning.

All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque (My review) || This book broke my heart completely. It’s such a fascinating and important book told from the perspective of a young man who was recruited to the German Army after leaving school.

The Regeneration Trilogy by Pat Barker || I’ve been meaning to get round to this for so long, but I haven’t read it. It comes highly recommended by my big sister though. And she knows her stuff.

Testament of Youth by Vera Brittain

Goodbye to All That by Robert Graves.

A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemmingway.

And, of course, I could write a whole book on the war poetry that came out of WW1. But you all probably know about that, don’t you?
I just wanted to share two of my favourite poems, both written by Wilfred Owen.
Dulce et Decorum Est.
Strange Meeting.

Have you got any more recommendations? Please leave them in the comments below, I’d love to read some more.

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