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  • Published: 6 April 2017
  • ISBN: 9781784700034
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 528
  • RRP: $22.99

Birdsong




The bestselling WWI classic now reissued in the new Faulks series style


Birdsong is a mesmerising story of love and war spanning three generations between WW1 and present day.

THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER

1910. Amiens, Northern France. Stephen Wraysford, a young Englishman, arrives in the French city to stay with the Azaire family. He falls in love with unhappily married Isabelle and the two enter a tempestuous love affair. But, with the world on the brink of war, the relationship falters. With his love for Isabelle forever engraved on his heart, Stephen volunteers to fight on the Western Front and enters the unimaginable dark world beneath the trenches of No Man's Land. From award-winning writer Sebastian Faulks, Birdsong is an exceptionally moving and unforgettable portrait of the ruthlessness of war and the indestructability of love.

'Magnificent - deeply moving' Sunday Times

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Also available by Sebastian Faulks as part of the French trilogy series:
The Girl at the Lion d'Or
Charlotte Gray

  • Pub date: 6 April 2017
  • ISBN: 9781784700034
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 528
  • RRP: $22.99

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 Birdsong

“This is a great love story”

Prue Leith, Daily Express

“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

“It broke my heart.”

Matthew Lewis, Buzzfeed

“Magnificent. A classic that everyone should have read.”

Sandra Howard, Daily Express

“A sweeping historical drama, it’s also erotic, poignant and tear-inducing. I read it and wept buckets. I don’t think anything else Faulks has written before or since surpasses the brilliance of this one.”

Reading Matters

“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.”

Andrew Denham-Davis, DISCUS

“While marked by poppy wearing and memorial ceremonies, the First World War is also sustained through family history, handed down from one generation to the next. No book better articulates the impact of this narrative than Stephen Faulks’ Birdsong.”

Lucy Middleton, Reader's Digest

“A truly amazing read”

Gail Teasdale, 24housing

“I’d never read such descriptive literature, and couldn’t sleep at night for thinking about what I’d just read. His [Faulks] portrayal of terror on the battlefield is so powerful”

Anna Redman, Good Housekeeping

“Engrossing, moving, and unforgettable”

The Times

“Magnificent - deeply moving”

Sunday Times

“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

“One of the finest novels of the last forty years”

Mail on Sunday

“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

“This is a great love story”

Prue Leith, Daily Express

“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

“It broke my heart.”

Matthew Lewis, Buzzfeed


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