Faulks on Fiction

Faulks on Fiction

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By (author) Sebastian Faulks

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  • Publisher: BBC BOOKS
  • Format: Hardback | 384 pages
  • Dimensions: 162mm x 236mm x 38mm | 640g
  • Publication date: 7 February 2011
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1846079594
  • ISBN 13: 9781846079597
  • Sales rank: 254,637

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The publication of "Robinson Crusoe" in London in 1719 marked the arrival of a revolutionary art form: the novel. British writers were prominent in shaping the new type of storytelling - one which reflected the experiences of ordinary people, with characters in whom readers could find not only an escape, but a deeper understanding of their own lives. But the novel was more than just a reflection of British life. As Sebastian Faulks explains in this engaging literary and social history, it also helped invent the British. By focusing not on writers but on the people they gave us, Faulks not only celebrates the recently neglected act of novelistic creation but shows how the most enduring fictional characters over the centuries have helped map the British psyche - through heroes from Tom Jones to Sherlock Holmes, lovers from Mr Darcy to Lady Chatterley, villains from Fagin to Barbara Covett and snobs from Emma Woodhouse to James Bond. Accompanying a major BBC series, "Faulks on Fiction" is a compelling and personal take on the story of how the dazzling creations of novelists helped shape the world we live in. Characters included in the book are: Heroes - Robinson Crusoe, Tom Jones, Becky Sharp, Sherlock Holmes, Winston Smith ("1984"), Jim Dixon ("Lucky Jim"), John Self ("Money"); Lovers - Mr. Darcy, Heathcliff, Tess of the D'Urbervilles, Lady Chatterley, Maurice Bendrix ("End of the Affair"), Anna Wulf ("The Golden Notebook"), Nick Guest ("The Line of Beauty") Snobs - Emma Woodhouse, Pip ("Great Expectations"), Charles Pooter ("Diary of a Nobody"), Jeeves, Jean Brodie, James Bond, Chanu ("Brick Lane"); and, Villains - Richard Lovelace ("Clarissa"), Fagin, Count Fosco ("The Woman in White"), Steerpike ("Gormenghast Trilogy"), Ronald Merrick ("The Raj Quartet"), Jack Merridew ("Lord of the Flies"), and Barbara Covett ("Notes on a Scandal").

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Sebastian Faulks's books include the number one bestseller A Week in December, A Possible Life, Human Traces, On Green Dolphin Street, Charlotte Gray and Birdsong, which has sold more than three million copies. In 2011 he wrote and presented the four-part television series Faulks on Fiction for BBC Two.

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"Faulks on Fiction is not intended as a formal history of the British novel, but it is much more enjoyable than any history of the novel I have read." -- John Carey Sunday Times "Faulks on Fiction is a fine reminder of why you love the characters you do; and it will serve as an introduction to new friends, too." The Times "It's like finding yourself transported into an intelligent debate about your favourite books... Superb." London Evening Standard "A warm and engaging examination of the novel." Daily Telegraph "... relaxed, sharply observant." The Sunday Times,