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  • Published: 1 May 2010
  • ISBN: 9781407052649
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 352

The Fatal Englishman

Three Short Lives




'Wildly exciting..it's a classic' David Hare

Christopher Wood, a young Englishman, wanted to be the greatest painter in the world and went to Paris in 1921. By day he studied, by night he attended the parties of the beau-monde. Sadly he was to become an opium addict dying at aged 29 but did succeed to claim a place in the history of English painting.
Richard Hilary, confident and handsome, flew Spitfires in the Battle of Britain before being shot down and horribly burned. His book, THE LAST ENEMY, made him famous, but not happy, and he begged to return to flying, but died, mysteriously in a night training operation, aged only 23.
Jeremy Wolfenden was born in 1936, the son of Lord Wolfenden. Charming, witty, and generous, he was the cleverest Englishman of his generation, but left College to become a hack reporter. At the height of the Cold War, he was sent by Intelligence to Moscow where his louche private life gave rife to rumours. A terrifying sequence of events ended in Washington, where he died at the age of 31.

  • Pub date: 1 May 2010
  • ISBN: 9781407052649
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 352

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 The Fatal Englishman

“A mystery story of rare narrative power”

Financial Times

“The spare narrative hides a commitment to his subject which pulls you in and leaves you gasping for those lost lives”

Mail on Sunday

“His feat of imagination...is phenomenal”

Daily Telegraph


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