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Author of the Month

Sebastian Faulks

Sebastian Faulks was born in Donnington, a village near Newbury in Berkshire on April 20, 1953. He went to Elstree School near Reading and then, as top scholar, to Wellington College in 1966. In 1970 won an open exhibition to read English at Emmanuel College, Cambridge. He graduated in 1974, and was elected an Honorary Fellow in 2007.

In 1979 Faulks joined the staff of the Daily Telegraph as the junior reporter on the diary column. He worked as a feature writer for the Sunday Telegraph from 1983 to 1986, when he went to join the Independent as Literary Editor, after which he became deputy editor of the Sunday paper. He left in 1991.

 Sebastian Faulks was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 1993 and appointed CBE for services to literature in 2002. The Tavistock Clinic in association with the University of East London awarded him an honorary doctorate for his contribution to the understanding of psychiatry in Human Traces.

Sebastian Faulks’s novels include the number one bestseller A Week in December, Where My Heart Used to Beat, 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 and in 2014, he collaborated on an anthology to coordinate with the First World War Centenary Commemoration,  A Broken World.

He has also written Pistache, and Pistache Returns, a collection of satirical and surprising parodies and pastiches. His latest novel, Snow Country is due to be published this month by Hutchinson.

New from Sebastian Faulks

Snow Country : SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER - Sebastian Faulks

1914: Aspiring journalist Anton arrives in Vienna where he meets Delphine, a woman of experience and deep secrets.

Entranced by the light of first love, Anton comes to life. Until his country declares war on hers.

1927: For Lena, life with her mother in a small town has been cosseted and cold. After a few years of schooling, she encounters a young lawyer who spirits her away to Vienna. However, what she imagines to be love soon crumbles, and she leaves the city behind to take a post at the snow-capped sanatorium, the Schloss Seeblick.

1933: Having lost many friends on the Eastern Front, Anton is sent to write about the mysterious Schloss Seeblick. In this place, on the banks of a silvery lake where the roots of human suffering are laid bare, two people will see each other as if for the first time.

Sweeping across Europe as it recovers from one war and awaits the coming of another, Snow Country is a landmark novel of exquisite yearnings, dreams of youth and the sanctity of hope. In elegant, shimmering prose, Sebastian Faulks has produced an epic love story of timeless resonance.



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