A Possible Life

A Possible Life

by SebastianFaulks (Author)


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 is 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. Provocative and profound, Sebastian Faulks' dazzling novel journeys across continents and time to explore the chaos created by love, separation and missed opportunities. From the pain and drama of these highly particular lives emerges a mysterious consolation: the chance to feel your heart beat in someone else's life.


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Format: Paperback
Pages: 304
Edition: 0
Publisher: Hutchinson
Published: 13 Sep 2012

ISBN 10: 0091936810
ISBN 13: 9780091936815
Book Overview: An exhilarating, multi-layered narrative that explores love, loss and what makes us human, from the bestselling author of A Week in December and Birdsong

Media Reviews
Both intriguing and unsettling... [Faulks's] versatility as a writer is showcased in A Possible Life * Discover Your History *
Most easily appreciated as a series of compelling short stories. Poignant, powerful and tender, they are lined by the pain and passion, hope and hardship, accident and design which make up the drama of an individual life -- John Koski * Mail on Sunday *
In form and scope, Sebastian Faulks's new novel is an unexpected delight . . . There's little sense of Faulks overreaching with heavily researched detail . . . you trust the narrative whether it is set in a workhouse or a death camp or a recording studio . . . It's rare to see an established writer broaden his range. 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 (and especially) if you haven't enjoyed his previous novels - it's time to look again. * Telegraph *
Like the albums that Jack and Anya agonise over, A Possible Life is more than the sum of its parts . . . the stories acquire power as resonances between them accrete. Only at the end do you realise you've been won over by their quiet, glinting virtuosity * The Times *
An investigation into the nature of shared human experience . . . it does what any good novel should - it unsettles, it moves, and it forces us to question who we are * Sunday Times *
Author Bio
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.