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Sebastian Faulks’s new novel is a bolt from the blue, unlike anything he has written before: contemporary, demotic, heart-wrenching – and funny, in the deepest shade of black.

Mike Engleby says things that others dare not even think.

When the novel opens in the 1970s, he is a university student, having survived a 'traditional' school. A man devoid of scruple or self-pity, Engleby provides a disarmingly frank account of English education.

Yet beneath the disturbing surface of his observations lies an unfolding mystery of gripping power. One of his contemporaries unaccountably disappears, and as we follow Engleby's career, which brings us up to the present day, the reader has to ask: is Engleby capable of telling the whole truth?

Engleby can be read as a lament for a generation and the country it failed. It is also a poignant account of the frailty of human consciousness.

Sebastian Faulks's new novel is a bolt from the blue, unlike anything he has written before: contemporary, demotic, heart-wrenching – and funny, in the deepest shade of black.

Reviews

Evidence of Faulks's remarkable empathy and mastery of the novelist's art... Compelling, disturbing and significant... A remarkable achievement. What more can you ask for?

Allan Massie, Scotsman

Engleby contains much of brilliance; Faulks turns out to be an unnervingly good ventriloquist - where did he learn to imitate the overblown modulations of an 18-year-old girl's diary? - and a born thriller writer

Mail on Sunday

Very funny and, at the same time, deeply disturbing...Engleby the character is a tour-de-force, a person utterly without empathy who nevertheless evokes our own... A great read, a great novel

Daily Mail

Just as Birdsong is praised for its minute evocation of the horror of fighting a war, Engleby deserves praise for its close and believable depiction of a personality disorder

Spectator

Like Human Traces, Engleby is distinguished by a remarkable intellectual energy: a narrative verve, technical mastery of the possibilities of the novel form and vivid sense of the tragic contingency of human life... The combination of serious purpose and playful execution is intensely exhilarating

Jane Shilling, Sunday Telegraph

Both repellent and magnetic, yet unforgettable. Faulks's most daring creation yet

Scotland on Sunday

Witty, poignant, Engleby is as cold as a Fenland wind, clever as a Cambridge don

The Times

Engleby himself is the most vivid personality Faulks has yet devised... engagingly lucid and disarmingly funny... This novel is a significant departure for Faulks, and the new terrain suits him well

Guardian

Electrifying... [Engleby] hangs together beautifully

Roger Lewis, Daily Express

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  • Paperback

    9780099458272

    May 1, 2008

    Vintage

    352 pages

    RRP $19.99

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  • EBook

    9781446412923

    December 1, 2010

    Vintage Digital

    352 pages

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  • Audio CD

    9781846570476

    May 1, 2007

    Audiobooks

    RRP $32.99

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