Faulks on Fiction

Faulks on Fiction

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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").show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 384 pages
  • 162 x 236 x 38mm | 639.56g
  • Ebury Publishing
  • BBC BOOKS
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1846079594
  • 9781846079597
  • 307,781

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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,show more

About 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.show more

Review Text

"A warm and engaging examination of the novel."show more

Back cover copy

Our favourite novelists make something thrilling out of the recognisable. They make real a story that, however unlike our own life it might seem, can reach the humanity common to us all - that is the magic of the novel. Faulks on Fiction takes a look at the British novel through its human characters - the heroes, lovers, snobs and villains. ROBINSON CRUSOE * SHERLOCK HOLMES WINSTON SMITH * MR DARCY TESS OF THE D'URBERVILLES * LADY CHATTERLEY FAGIN * JEEVES * JAMES BONDshow more

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