The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan
For more moving war novels like this year’s Man Booker prize winner…
A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute for a classic story that also uses the brutality of war alongside a moving love story in an Asian and Australian setting.
The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng for a previous Booker shortlisted novel which is a haunting and affecting look at the Japanese occupation of Malaysia.
Regeneration by Pat Barker for another war story inspired by the author’s ancestors.
Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks for an epic novel of love and war telling the life story of one man.
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Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
For more books that explore the human condition, try these…
Human Traces by Sebastian Faulks for an ambitious novel about the establishment of psychoanalysis
When I Was Five I Killed Myself by Howard Buten for a novella about a autistic little boy in a children’s centre following an incident with a girl
Half Brother by Kenneth Oppel for a YA look at the complicated ethics involved when a scientist and his family adopt a chimp
A Beautiful Truth by Colin McAdams for an imaginative and powerful story told from the human and animal perspective