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Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks

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Editor's Comments:

Since its publication in 1993 Birdsong has established itself as one of the most important novels of recent years. A novel that brings alive the horrors of war and the redemptive power of love there are few books that have moved people as much as Birdsong or that continue to have such resonance years after publication.

Recently voted one of the fifteen Vintage Future Classics (one of the books that readers across the country thought that we will still be reading in 100 years time) Birdsong is at times moving, emotional, horrifying and enchanting but above all else it is a truly wonderful read.

If you like Sebastian Faulks you might also like to read books by Pat Barker, Ken Kesey and Sebastian Barry.


Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks

Set before and during the great war, Birdsong captures the drama of that era on both a national and a personal scale. It is the story of Stephen, a young Englishman, who arrives in Amiens in 1910. His life goes through a series of traumatic experiences, from the clandestine love affair that tears apart the family with whom he lives, to the unprecedented experiences of the war itself.

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'Magnificent - deeply moving' Sunday Times

'With Birdsong Faulks has produced a mesmerizing story of love and war... This book is so powerful that as I finished it I turned to the front to start again' Sunday Express

'Engrossing, moving, and unforgettable' The Times

'One of the finest novels of the last forty years' Mail on Sunday

'Amazing... I have read it and re-read it and can think of no other novel for many, many years that has so moved me or stimulated in me so much reflection on the human spirit' Daily Mail

'An overpowering and beautiful novel... Ambitious, outrageous, poignant, sleep-disturbing, Birdsong is not a perfect novel, just a great one' Simon Schama, New Yorker

'This is literature at its very best: a book with the power to reveal the unimagined, so that one's life is set in a changed context. I urge you to read it' Time Out

'So powerful is this recreated past that you long to call Birdsong perfect' The Times

'A powerful novel that is difficult to put down' Independent on Sunday

'My favourite novel of all time because it's not just the most moving First World War story, it also has a wonderful romance' Kate Garraway, Daily Express

About the Author

Sebastian Faulks

Sebastian Faulks was born and brought up in Newbury, Berkshire. He worked in journalism before starting to write books. He is best known for the French trilogy, The Girl at the Lion d'Or, Birdsong and Charlotte Gray (1989-1997) and is also the author of a triple biography, The Fatal Englishman (1996); a small book of literary parodies, Pistache (2006); and the novels Human Traces (2005) and Engleby (2007). He lives in London with his wife and their three children. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 1993 and appointed CBE for services to literature in 2002. He lives in London with his wife and their three children.

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6th January 2011


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Vintage Classics an imprint of CCV


528 pages


Literary Fiction
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