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Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

For more unique takes on WWII, try these…

Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut for another classic satirical exploration of the madness of war.

The Teleportation Accident by Ned Beauman for a madcap globetrotting WWII adventure that was long listed for the Man Booker Prize.

HHhH by Laurent Binet for a fictional retelling of the assassination of high ranking Nazi officer Reinhard Heydrich, an architect of the Holocaust.

Look Who’s Back by Timur Vermes for a novel that has Hitler waking up alive in 2011, and gaining a cult following as a Hitler-impersonator.

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The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

For thrilling books that are considerably more demanding, try these next…

The Teleportation Accident by Ned Beauman for contrivance and wit

The Passion by Jeanette Winterson for wonder and desperate love

S by JJ Abrams and Doug Dorst for revelations, plots and counter-plots

Fictions by Jorge Luis Borges for blazingly written, unforgettably brain twisting short stories

This post was guest edited by author Nick Harkaway. His latest novel, Angelmaker, is out now.