Where My Heart Used to Beat

Where My Heart Used to Beat

by SebastianFaulks (Author)


A haunting tale of war, love and loss from the author of Birdsong and A Week in December The Sunday Times bestseller On a small island off the south coast of France, Robert Hendricks - an English doctor who has seen the best and the worst the twentieth century had to offer - is forced to confront the events that made up his life. His host is Alexander Pereira, a man who seems to know more about his guest than Hendricks himself does. The search for the past takes us through the war in Italy in 1944, a passionate love that seems to hold out hope, the great days of idealistic work in the 1960s and finally - unforgettably - back into the trenches of the Western Front. This moving novel casts a long, baleful light over the century we have left behind but may never fully understand. Daring, ambitious and in the end profoundly moving, this is Faulks's most remarkable book yet.



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More Information

Format: Paperback
Pages: 336
Publisher: Vintage
Published: 30 Jun 2016

ISBN 10: 0099549247
ISBN 13: 9780099549246
Book Overview: A haunting tale of war, love and loss from the author of Birdsong and A Week in December

Media Reviews
A masterpiece...a terrific novel, humming with ideas, knowing asides, shafts of sunlight, shouts of laughter and moments of almost unbearable tragedy -- Toby Clements * Sunday Telegraph *
Compelling...profoundly moving -- Leyla Sanai * The Independent on Sunday *
A pleasure from start to finish...WHERE MY HEART USED TO BEAT is that rare book, a page-turning read that also has a significant intellectual and emotional charge. -- Alexander Larman * Sunday Express *
There is everything here: love, loss, death, war, history, memory, ideas, travel, friendship, rivalry, chance - and sex. It comes in an immaculately crafted package that continues an ingenious dual-timeline with plot twists that serve the reader with the exact impression of what it might be to live the life of the novel's gimlet-eyed and engaging narrator, Dr Robert Hendricks * Sunday Telegraph *
Combining as it does the cultural narrative of a complex century forsaken by God and certainty, a serious investigation into the vulnerability of the human mind and an old-fashioned - in the best sense - story of love and war, this is an ambitious, demanding and profoundly melancholy book * Guardian *
a powerful and moving novel * Daily Express *
This is not a wartime tragic romance, or a simple story of trauma. It is much more affecting than that. -- Rosemary Goring * Herald *
An intelligent and moving examination of the traumas of war. Faulks is as accomplished as ever * Scotsman, Books of the Year *
It's a melancholy tale of war, love and loss that will leave you gulping back sobs * Observer, Books 2015 in Review *
Faulks gets better and better with every book. This is surely one of the year's best novels. -- John Harding * Daily Mail *
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.