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A Possible Life

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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.

Provocative and profound, Sebastian Faulks's 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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Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 19mm | 216g
  • VINTAGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0099549220
  • 9780099549222
  • 304,303

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"Both intriguing and unsettling… [Faulks’s] versatility as a writer is showcased in A Possible Life"
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"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 * "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 * "It does what any good novel should - it unsettles, it moves, and it forces us to question who we are" * Sunday Times * "A delight... A tightly written, moving and exciting" * Daily Telegraph * "Faulks is a writer who gets better and better; he understands how to draw a reader in." * Daily Mail * "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 * "Profound... Faulks evokes a deep compassion for all his troubled characters...exploring big ideas without compromising the human drama" * Observer * "Faulk's most intriguing fictional offering... Moving...engaging...poignant" * Independent on Sunday *
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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.
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Rating details

3,888 ratings
3.45 out of 5 stars
5 15% (574)
4 35% (1,351)
3 35% (1,344)
2 13% (491)
1 3% (128)
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