Sebastian Faulks's bestselling new novel!
As young boys both Jacques Rebi're and Thomas Midwinter become fascinated with trying to understand the human mind.As psychiatrists, their quest takes them from the squalor of the Victorian lunatic asylum to the crowded lecture halls of the renowned Professor Charcot in Paris; from the heights of the Sierra Madre in California to the plains of unexplored Africa.
As the concerns of the old century fade and the First World War divides Europe, the two men's volatile relationship develops and changes, but is always tempered by one exceptional woman; Thomas's sister Sonia.
Moving and challenging in equal measure, HUMAN TRACES explores the question of what kind of beings men and women really are.
“'Faulks is beyond doubt a master'”
“Faulks has woven dozens of compelling voices together to produce an extraordinary novel of magnificent scope”
Jonathan Ree, Evening Standard
“[S]tructurally intricate, yet intensely focused on the lives of individuals...Human Traces is replete with interesting ideas and contains some exceptionally fine topographic writing”
Jane Stevenson, Observer
“'He is the best novelist of his generation'”
“This is a bold and remarkable work of imagination, particularly in its daring remastery of the 19th-century novel form and the sustained grace of its prose. To write so well for so many hundreds of pages is an amazing feat of intellectual athleticism”
Jane Shilling, Sunday Telegraph
“[H]is most ambitious novel yet..Love, loyalty, courage, compassion, goodness, the meaning that can be wrested from life, even, or perhaps particularly, in great adversity: these are the poles around which his always skillful storytelling revolves”
Lisa Appignanesi, Independent