FAVOURITE GREAT WAR NOVEL
The Edwardian period in English history has always fascinated me (a good job really, seeing as I studied it for two years at school). Not just the war itself with the massive changes in tactical warfare, and the political aftermath which led inevitably to WWII, but more for the social upheaval, the blurring of class lines with fewer people willing to go into service, the rise of the Suffragette movement, and the beginning of the end of the British Empire.
I've read quite a few books set in this time period, but I think the one that stands out is Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks.
Others I've enjoyed are:
War Horse, Michael Morpurgo
Song of Songs, Beverley Hughesdon
The Flowers of the Field, Sarah Harrison
A Farewell to Arms, Ernest Hemingway