Author(s): Sebastian Faulks
WWI Centenary Edition
With a new introduction from the author
A novel of overwhelming emotional power, Birdsong is a story of love, death, sex and survival. Stephen Wraysford, a young Englishman, arrives in Amiens in northern France in 1910 to stay with the Azaire family, and falls in love with unhappily married Isabelle. But, with the world on the brink of war, the relationship falters, and Stephen volunteers to fight on the Western Front. His love for Isabelle forever engraved on his heart, he experiences the unprecedented horrors of that conflict - from which neither he nor any reader of this book can emerge unchanged.
Twenty-one years after it was first published this is a special anniversary edition of the bestselling and much-loved classic published for the centenary of the First World War
"Magnificent - deeply moving" Sunday Times "With Birdsong Faulks has produced a mesmerizing story of love and war... This book is so powerful that as I finished it I turned to the front to start again" Sunday Express "Engrossing, moving, and unforgettable" The Times "One of the finest novels of the last forty years" Mail on Sunday "Amazing... I have read it and re-read it and can think of no other novel for many, many years that has so moved me or stimulated in me so much reflection on the human spirit" Daily Mail "An overpowering and beautiful novel... Ambitious, outrageous, poignant, sleep-disturbing, Birdsong is not a perfect novel, just a great one" -- Simon Schama New Yorker "This is literature at its very best: a book with the power to reveal the unimagined, so that one's life is set in a changed context. I urge you to read it" Time Out "So powerful is this recreated past that you long to call Birdsong perfect" The Times "A powerful novel that is difficult to put down" Independent on Sunday "My favourite novel of all time because it's not just the most moving First World War story, it also has a wonderful romance" -- Kate Garraway Daily Express
Birdsong was first published in 1993 and has gone on to sell over three million copies. It is taught at school and university on both English and History syllabuses and is regularly voted one of the nation's all-time favourite books. Sebastian Faulks is a member of the Government's Advisory Group for the First World War centenary commemorations. www.sebastianfaulks.com