Where My Heart Used to Beat

Where My Heart Used to Beat

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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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Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 21mm | 234g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0099549247
  • 9780099549246
  • 79,820

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"Compelling...profoundly moving"
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"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 *
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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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5,526 ratings
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2 9% (481)
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