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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.

Reviews

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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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780099549222

    October 1, 2013

    Vintage

    304 pages

    RRP $19.99

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  • EBook

    9781448192106

    October 4, 2013

    Vintage Digital

    304 pages

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  • Audio CD

    9781846573644

    September 15, 2012

    Audiobooks

    RRP $39.99

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    • Amazon
    • Angus & Robertson Bookworld
    • Booktopia
    • Dymocks
    • Abbey's Bookshop
    • Boomerang Books
    • Collins Booksellers
    • Books Kinokuniya
    • QBD
    • Readings
    • Robinsons Bookshop
    • The Nile
    Or

    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au