Faulks’s latest book A Possible Life is out now.
Every atom links us. Every emotion binds us. Every thought connects us:
Terrified, a young prisoner in the Second World War closes his eyes and pictures himself going out to bat on a sunlit cricket ground in Hampshire.
Across the courtyard in a Victorian workhouse, a father too ashamed to acknowledge his son.
A skinny girl steps out of a Chevy with a guitar; her voice sends shivers through the skull.
Soldiers and lovers, parents and children, scientists and musicians risk their bodies and hearts in search of connection – some key to understanding what makes us the people we become.
‘A tightly written, moving and exciting work of fiction that deserves success, it should thrill established readers as well as win new fans. If you think you know Faulks – or even (an especially) if you haven’t enjoyed his previous novels – it’s time to look again.’ Telegraph
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A selection of the most recent reviews of A Possible Life
‘It’s a measure of our collective humanity – what really binds us – coupled with the old chestnut of consciousness, which Sebastian Faulks takes as the literary architecture for his ambitious, thought provoking ninth novel… it’s very hard not to like this most artful of novels.’ Mirror
‘This is probably Faulks’s most intriguing fictional offering… very moving.’ Independent on Sunday
‘Every story within this novel bears the imprint of an extremely accomplished writer.’ Helen Dunmore, Guardian
‘Each of his characters undergoes a crisis followed by a metamorphosis. Each is forced by the experience to consider the patterns of memory and identity, attachment and loss that shape a life. Almost imperceptibly as the text unfolds, connections emerge... It is the kind of large portentous theme that could have produced a grandstanding novel. But Faulks addresses it with a finely observed humanity that is all the more powerful for its concentrated emotional restraint.’ Sunday Telegraph
‘The writing is sure and unshowy, and Faulks succeeds in showing us that the life we end up with is just one of many possible lives.’ Irish Independent
Sebastian introduces his new novel A Possible Life.