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The definitive novel of the First World War, reissued in a new special edition to mark the centenary of the end of WWI as well as 25 years since Birdsong was first published

A novel of overwhelming emotional power, Birdsong is a story of love, death, sex and survival. Stephen Wraysford, a young Englishman, arrives in Amiens in northern France in 1910 to stay with the Azaire family, and falls in love with unhappily married Isabelle. But, with the world on the brink of war, the relationship falters, and Stephen volunteers to fight on the Western Front. His love for Isabelle forever engraved on his heart, he experiences the unprecedented horrors of that conflict - from which neither he nor any reader of this book can emerge unchanged.

Reviews

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

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

Engrossing, moving, and unforgettable

The Times

This is a great love story

Prue Leith, Daily Express

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

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

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

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9781784706975

    August 20, 2018

    Vintage

    RRP $22.99

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  • Paperback

    9780099496922

    October 14, 2014

    Vintage Classics

    544 pages

    RRP $14.99

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  • Paperback

    9781784700034

    September 1, 2014

    Vintage

    528 pages

    RRP $22.99

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  • EBook

    9781407052564

    May 1, 2010

    Vintage Digital

    528 pages

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