Recommended books by Sebastian Faulks

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Product picture for Birdsong: A Novel of Love and War by Sebastian Faulks
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Sebastian Faulks is one of England's most important writers of this time. He is known among other things, for his world-wide bestsellers Engleby and One week in December. Birdsong is widely regarded as one of the greatest novels of the First World War, and has now been filmed by the BBC as Birdsong.

In 1910, the young Englishman Stephen Wraysford is sent to Amiens by his employer to study the French textile industry. He falls in love with Isabelle, the wife of his landlord, and...
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“Cunningly crafted. . . . France’s unquiet histories are brought to life by a master storyteller.” ―Financial Times (UK)

A story of resistance, complicity, and an unlikely, transformative friendship, set in Paris, from internationally bestselling novelist Sebastian Faulks.

American historian Hannah intends to immerse herself in World War II research in Paris, wary of paying much attention to the city where a youthful misadventure once left her dejected. But a chance...
Book cover from Faulks on Fiction: The Secret Life of the Novel by Sebastian Faulks
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he British invented the novel, with the publication of Robinson Crusoe in 1719 marking the arrival of a revolutionary and distinctly modern form of art. But it's also true, as Sebastian Faulks argues in this remarkable book, that the novel helped invent the British: for the first time we had stories that reflected the experiences of ordinary people, with characters in which we could find our reality, our understanding and our escape.

In Faulks on Fiction, Faulks examines many of these...
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Sebastian Faulks’s new novel is a bolt from the blue: contemporary, demotic, angry, heart-wrenching, and funny, in the deepest shade of black.

Mike Engleby says things that others dare not even think. A man devoid of scruple or self-pity, he rises without trace in Thatcher’s England and scorches through the blandscape of New Labour.

In the course of his brief, incandescent career, he and the reader encounter many famous people — actors, writers, politicians, household names...
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New York Times bestseller by award-winning author of Birdsong

Charlotte Gray tells the remarkable story of a young Scottish woman who becomes caught up in the effort to liberate Occupied France from the Nazis while pursuing a perilous mission of her own.

In blacked-out, wartime London, Charlotte Gray develops a dangerous passion for a battle-weary RAF pilot, and when he fails to return from a daring flight into France she is determined to find him. In the service of the...
Book cover from Where My Heart Used to Beat: A Novel by Sebastian Faulks
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A sweeping drama about the madness of war and the power of love, with passages as "compelling and alive as anything he has written since Birdsong" (The Guardian)

London, 1980. Robert Hendricks, an established psychiatrist and author, has so bottled up memories of his own wartime past that he is nearly sunk into a life of aloneness and depression. Out of the blue, a baffling letter arrives from one Dr. Alexander Pereira, a neurologist and a World War I veteran who claims to be an admirer...
Book cover from The Fatal Englishman: Three Short Lives by Sebastian Faulks
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In The Fatal Englishman, his first work of nonfiction, Sebastian Faulks explores the lives of three remarkable men. Each had the seeds of greatness; each was a beacon to his generation and left something of value behind; yet each one died tragically young.
Christopher Wood, only twenty-nine when he killed himself, was a painter who lived most of his short life in the beau monde of 1920s Paris, where his charm, good looks, and the dissolute life that followed them sometimes frustrated his...
Book cover from Jeeves and the Wedding Bells: An Homage to P.G. Wodehouse (Jeeves and Wooster Novels) by Sebastian Faulks
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Bertie Wooster (a young man about town) and his butler Jeeves (the very model of the modern manservant)―return in their first new novel in nearly forty years: Jeeves and the Wedding Bells by Sebastian Faulks.

P.G. Wodehouse documented the lives of the inimitable Jeeves and Wooster for nearly sixty years, from their first appearance in 1915 ("Extricating Young Gussie") to his final completed novel (Aunts Aren't Gentlemen) in 1974. These two were the finest creations of a novelist...
Book cover from Devil May Care (The New James Bond Novel ) by Sebastian Faulks
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Bond is back. With a vengeance.

Devil May Care is a masterful continuation of the James Bond legacy–an electrifying new chapter in the life of the most iconic spy of literature and film, written to celebrate the centenary of Ian Fleming’s birth on May 28, 1908.

An Algerian drug runner is savagely executed in the desolate outskirts of Paris. This seemingly isolated event leads to the recall of Agent 007 from his sabbatical in Rome and his return to the world of intrigue and...
Book cover from Paris Echo by Sebastian Faulks (author)
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Review: "Superb. weaves winningly between the present and the second world war, between Tangiers and Paris." (Alex Preston Observer); "'[Paris Echo is] brimming with Faulks's deep affection for Paris. His outsider's interest in quirky street names and quaint corners transports his readers there too. And in the end, the book is powered by his ambition to evoke that place, its ghostliness, those spectres of history, lurking around every beautiful avenue" (Guardian); "A brilliantly plotted...