VE Day suggested reads • Vision RCL

To mark VE Day 75, we’ve curated a list of adult bestsellers published in 1945 along with a selection of some of the best novels and fiction books about the Second World War. All of the books are available via our eBook and eAudiobook platforms which provides the the perfect route into exploring these classic books.

1945 Bestsellers

Sparkling Cyanide by Agatha Christie (Libby)
The Commodore by C. S. Forester
Also Commodore Hornblower (Libby: in collection)
Ross Poldark by Winston Graham (Libby)
Loving by Henry Green (Libby: in collection)
If He Hollers Let Him Go by Chester Himes (Libby)
Animal Farm by George Orwell (Libby)
Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh (Libby)
Night Has a Thousand Eyes by Cornell Woolrich (Libby)
Black Boy by Richard Wright (RB Digital audiobook)

Second World War reads

Spy stories

The Traitor by V. S. Alexander
Dramatizing anti-Nazi resistance in Germany during World War II (RB Digital audiobook)

Transcription by Kate Atkinson
A beautifully written spy story (BorrowBox)

A Hero of France (Night Soldiers #14) by Alan Furst
(RB Digital audiobook)

The Best of Our Spies (Spies #1) by Alex Gerlis
Extraordinary World War II spy story grounded in historical fact (RB Digital audiobook)

Vienna Spies (Spies #3) by Alex Gerlis
Stirring tale of spies in wartime Vienna (RB Digital audiobook)

The Berlin Spies (Spies #4) by Alex Gerlis
Best spy novelist you’ve never read (RB Digital audiobook)

Tightrope by Simon Mawer
World War II British espionage (RB Digital audiobook)

The Holocaust

The Diary of a Young Girl – Anne Frank
(Libby)

The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
A deeply moving love story set in Auschwitz (BorrowBox)

Cilka’s Journey by Heather Morris
Sequel to The Tattooist of Auschwitz (BorrowBox)

The war at home

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Pulitzer Prize-winner (RB Digital audiobook)

The Morning Gift by Iva Ibboston
Classic WW2 romance story of unexpected love, independence and belonging (RB Digital audiobook)

Dear Mrs Bird by A. J. Pearce
As bombs fall over London, Emmy wants to support the war effort by becoming a Lady War Correspondent, but finds herself working as a typist for the formidable Mrs Bird, agony aunt at Women’s Friend magazine. (BorrowBox)

Mystery and suspense

The Tuscan Child by Rhys Bowen
Love & betrayal in World War II Italy (BorrowBox)

SS-GB by Len Deighton
Alternate history – Nazis occupy England (RB Digital audiobook)

The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan
Winner of Man Booker 2014. Story of a surgeon living through horrors of a Japanese POW camp on Burma Death Railway (BorrowBox)

The Fifth Column by Andrew Gros
(BorrowBox)

Field Gray (Bernie Gunther #7) by Philip Kerr
Bernie Gunther’s life in flashbacks (RB Digital audiobook)

Prague Fatale (Bernie Gunther #8) by Philip Kerr
A hard-boiled detective in Nazi Germany (RB Digital audiobook)

A Man Without Breath (Bernie Gunther #9) by Philip Kerr
Mass murder in the Katyn Forest (RB Digital audiobook)

The Lady from Zagreb (Bernie Gunther #10) by Philip Kerr
Cynicism and romanticism in Nazi Germany (RB Digital audiobook)

The American Agent (Maisie Dobbs #15) by Jacqueline Winspear
Maisie Dobbs pursues a killer in Britain during the Blitz (RB Digital audiobooks plus other Maisie Dobbs titles)