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  • Published: 1 October 2013
  • ISBN: 9780099549222
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • RRP: $19.99

A Possible Life




A Sunday Times bestseller this is an exhilarating new novel from the bestselling author of A Week in December and Birdsong.

From the author of Birdsong and A Week in December comes a dazzling new Sunday Times bestseller

Terrified, a young prisoner in the Second World War closes his eyes and pictures himself going out to bat on a sunlit cricket ground in Hampshire.

Across the courtyard in a Victorian workhouse, a father too ashamed to acknowledge his son.

A skinny girl steps out of a Chevy with a guitar; her voice sends shivers through the skull.

Soldiers and lovers, parents and children, scientists and musicians risk their bodies and hearts in search of connection – some key to understanding what makes us the people we become.

Provocative and profound, Sebastian Faulks’s dazzling novel journeys across continents and time to explore the chaos created by love, separation and missed opportunities. From the pain and drama of these highly particular lives emerges a mysterious consolation: the chance to feel your heart beat in someone else’s life.

  • Pub date: 1 October 2013
  • ISBN: 9780099549222
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • RRP: $19.99

About the Author

Sebastian Faulks

Sebastian Faulks was born in April 1953. Before becoming a full-time writer in 1991, he worked as a journalist. Sebastian Faulks’s books include A Possible Life, Human Traces, On Green Dolphin Street, Engleby, Birdsong, A Week in December and Where My Heart Used to Beat.

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Praise for A Possible Life

“Both intriguing and unsettling… [Faulks’s] versatility as a writer is showcased in A Possible Life”

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“Most easily appreciated as a series of compelling short stories. Poignant, powerful and tender, they are lined by the pain and passion, hope and hardship, accident and design which make up the drama of an individual life”

John Koski, Mail on Sunday

“Most easily appreciated as a series of compelling short stories. Poignant, powerful and tender, they are lined by the pain and passion, hope and hardship, accident and design which make up the drama of an individual life”

John Koski, Mail on Sunday

“If you think you know Faulks – or even if you haven’t enjoyed his previous novels – it’s time to look again”

Daily Telegraph

“Faulks experiments here; it’s mesmerizing. You know these stories are connected. But how? That’s the mystery, and it keeps you reading… Each story, beautifully told in itself, deepens your sense of the others”

William Leith, Evening Standard

“The device is reminiscent of David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas, but the effect is rather more subtle. A hugely ambitious book”

Mail on Sunday

“The book is almost unbalanced by the strength of the last story. A summation of all that has gone before, it has an epic completeness and would have worked superbly on its own”

John O'Connell, The Times

“Faulks experiments here; it’s mesmerizing… Each story, beautifully told in itself, deepens your sense of the others”

William Leith, Scotsman


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