I love Andrew Martin’s beautifully atmospheric Jim Stringer novels. This is an era whose fiction (written at the time or set then) I devour avidly. Not all stories written now and set then work; it’s not just a case of getting the details right, it’s about atmosphere, cadence of language, and a dozen things you can’t get from textbooks.
The Somme Stations is set during WWI and presents an intriguing set of characters involved in a not-as-well-known-as-it-should-be aspect of this conflict; the laying down of railway lines. I am constantly amazed at how much I don’t know about The Great War and it’s great to combine education and entertainment.