All The Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr (4th Estate 2014)

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This book won the Pulitzer Prize in 2015, and has been a huge global bestseller. It's set in Paris and elsewhere in France during the Nazi occupation, and has two separate threads to the story. Marie-Laure, a young blind girl, who, with her father are trying to not be noticed by the Germans, and Werner, a reluctant teenaged German soldier. Over the 500-odd pages of this moving novel, the two are drawn ever closer to each other. The horrors of this terrible war are brilliantly evoked in this powerful novel, the effect of this great brutality on individuals has rarely been so well told. A deserved bestseller, an immersive read.