5 World War II Novels Coming Out This Summer

By July 17, 2017New Releases, News

I’m a huge fan of historical fiction, particularly that set around the years that World War II took place. Thankfully it’s a pretty broad and rich genre, but I’m always on the look out for new reads and this summer I’m spoiled for choice!

There’s an absolute slew of brand new World War II fiction novels coming out this summer; so many in fact that I thought I’d do a blog of the best ones, for those who love the genre as much as I do!

It’s Europe, it’s 1940, and here are some great new releases!

The Lost Letter – Jillian Cantor

It’s Austria, 1938 and Kristoff is a young apprentice to a master Jewish stamp engraver. When his teacher disappears during Kristallnacht, Kristoff is forced to engrave stamps for the Germans but that doesn’t stop him working with the underground.

Zoom forward to Los Angeles, 1989 as Katie Nelson comes across her father’s stamp collection after he moved to a nursing home, sending her on a journey to learn about her father’s past and to uncover a story of passion and tragedy.

Release Date – June 13th 2017

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A Boy in Winter – Rachel Seiffert

It’s a cold grey morning in 1941 when a small, Ukrainian town is overrun by the SS and a Boy in Winter tells the story of the three days that follow. Imprisoned with his fellow Jews, Ephraim anxiously awaits word of his two sons who have been missing since daybreak, German engineer Otto Pohl only fled to escape what he saw as an illegal war and is about to end up faced with an even greater crime with no one to help. In the middle of it all is Yankel, a boy determined to survive. A Boy in Winter is a story of hope at a time when all seemed lost and is set to be one of the best sellers of the summer.

Release Date – June 1st 2017

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Stars Over Clear Lake – Loretta Elsworth

Set during the 1940s and inspired by a real life ballroom, Stars Over Clear Lake is a moving story of forbidden love, the loss that came with men who followed duty and nostalgia. Lorraine Kindred has strong memories of the Surf Ballroom and visiting for the first time in decades brings all the pain of World War II rushing back.

Release Date – May 2nd 2017

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The Alice Network – Kate Quinn

This new historical novel from Kate Quinn focuses on the lives of two women, a female spy recruited to the real-life Alice Network in France in World War I, and an American socialite searching for her cousin in 1947. The two are finally brought together in a fantastic story of courage and redemption.

Set in the aftermath of World War II, but focusing on both wars we find ourselves in Nazi occupied France, and back in the early part of the century fighting in an occupied France years before.

Release Date – June 6th 2017

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Goodnight From London – Jennifer Robson

Author of Somewhere in France and Moonlight Over Paris brings us a brand new historical romance this summer with Goodnight from London. The book follows the fascinating story of Ruby Sutton, an ambitious American journalist who ended up in London during World War II.

Then the bombs begin to fall, and in the horror of the never ending Blitz Ruby stops being observer as she’s part of the action and it’s here she learns about love, loyalty and friendship.

Release Date – May 2nd 2017

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Book of Michelle Obama Photographs as First Lady to be Published

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Barack Obama’s presidency is missed by many and there’s no doubt that his historic time in The White House will be remembered for many years. Michelle Obama took on the role of First Lady with grace and aplomb, promoting girls’ education, combating childhood obesity, and supporting military families.

Now her time in The White House is to be documented in a book of photographs, many of them never seen before. Chasing Light: Michelle Obama Through the Lens of a White House Photographer, by Amanda Lucidon will be published in October and is already hotly tipped to be a Christmas bestseller.

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Extract of Dan Brown’s Origin Released Before Publication

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It’s just a couple of weeks now until the publication of Origin, a new Robert Langdon story from Dan Brown and ahead of the event, publishers Transworld have released an extract from the novel, allowing readers a sneak peek!

The extract reveal was hosted on dead good books and we’ve borrowed it to publish below for you. The excerpt includes the prologue and a peek at chapter 1, picking up the story from the previous books. Read More

New Short Stories Collections Coming from P. G Wodehouse

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P. G Wodehouse is timelessly classic, funny, and incredibly entertaining so it’s hardly surprising that desire for his work has continued long after his death. This week with the news that Hutchinson/Arrow has renewed the publishing license for Wodehouse’s work for a further ten years is more news about some new short stories coming this year!

Fans were already treated to the publications of Highballs for Breakfast (USUK) late last year, a collection of passages dedicated to drinking taken from the best of Wodehouse. It was an instant bestseller last Christmas and did very well in the literary gift market. Read More

Die Hard is being adapted into a Christmas book

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Die Hard is one of the most beloved Christmas films of all time, right up there with A Muppet Christmas Carol and It’s a Wonderful Life. Despite being an R-rated action film about a tough cop saving the day from a group of terrorists, there’s still something about Die Hard that brings out the Christmas cheer in us.

Whilst it’s a treat for more mature audiences, Die Hard certainly isn’t suitable for kids, until now! This Christmas, you can tuck your little ones into bed and send them off to the land of nod with this children book that teaches young one the story of the no nonsense cop John McClane.

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Bram Stoker’s Great-Grandnephew to Write Official Prequel to Dracula

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Bram Stoker’s Dracula has become a modern classic since it was first published over 100 years ago in 1897. The book has since inspired countless stage, film, and television adaptations and Dracula has become one of the most iconic monsters of all time. Fans of the original novel will be pleased to learn that Bram Stoker’s great-grand nephew, Dacre Stoker, is working on an official sequel to the book called Dracul. Read More



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