["The Daily Telegraph", Family detective, 30th June, 2007 [http://www.telegraph.co.uk/portal/main.jhtml;jsessionid=0AETNSIOQJRSHQFIQMFCFGGAVCBQYIV0?view=DETAILS&grid=&xml=/portal/2007/06/30/nosplit/ftfamdet130.xml] ] ]
Faulks' father wanted him to become a diplomat ["The Australian", Books, April 28, 2007 'Parting with the art of war [http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,20867,21613136-5001986,00.html] ] . He himself admits his first ambition was to be a taxi driver until at the age of fifteen, whilst reading George Orwell, he decided to become a novelist instead. In fact, he is the only member of his paternal family not to be a lawyer; his father and uncle were judges and his brother Edward is a QC specialising in medical negligence.
Faulks was educated at Wellington College and studied English at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, where he won an open exhibition and to which he was elected an honorary fellow in 2007. He took a teaching job after university before moving into journalism, becoming a features writer for the "Daily Telegraph" and "Sunday Telegraph", and was recruited by the "Independent" as Literary Editor in 1986. He soon became the Deputy Editor of the "Independent on Sunday" before leaving in 1991 to concentrate on writing. He has been a columnist for "The Guardian" (1992-8) and "The Evening Standard" (1997-9).
He continues to contribute articles and reviews to a number of newspapers and magazines. He wrote and presented the Channel 4 Television series 'Churchill's Secret Army', about the wartime Special Operations Executive, screened in 1999. Faulks appears regularly on British TV and Radio, for example as a captain on BBC Radio 4's literary quiz "The Write Stuff".
Faulks lives with his wife, Veronica (formerly his assistant at "The Independent"), and their three children William, Holly and Arthur. He works from his study in a top floor flat of a house near Holland Park Avenue, ten minutes from his home, starting work at 10am and finishing at 6pm, regardless of whether he is writing a book or not. ["The Telegraph", 6 May, 2007, 'Different Faulks', [http://www.telegraph.co.uk/arts/main.jhtml?xml=/arts/2007/05/06/svseb106.xml] ]
He was appointed CBE in 2002 and he is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.
Faulks supports West Ham United ["The Independent", 19 April 2000, 'You ask the question' [http://news.independent.co.uk/people/profiles/article281057.ece] ] .
Novels and other works
His first novel, "A Trick of the Light", was published in 1984; Faulks was 31 at the time and was finding writing hard-going, as he himself says:
In 1989 he published the first of his ‘French trilogy’, "The Girl at the Lion d'Or". This was followed by the second book, "Birdsong" (1993), which has sold more than 3 million copies worldwide and came 13th in the BBC's "Big Read" initiative which aimed to identify Britain's best loved novels [ [http://www.telegraph.co.uk/opinion/main.jhtml?xml=/opinion/2003/11/12/dp1201.xml] ] . Faulks said in an interview,
The trilogy was completed with "Charlotte Gray" (1998) [made into a movie directed by Gillian Armstrong and starring Cate Blanchett (2002)] . "On Green Dolphin Street" was published in 2001 and in 2005 Faulks published his most ambitious novel, "Human Traces", described by Sir Trevor Nunn in The Independent as 'a masterpiece of this or any other century'.
His most recent novel, as at 2007, is "Engleby" (2007).
One of Sebastian Faulks’ most acclaimed non-fiction works is "The Fatal Englishman: Three Short Lives", a multiple biography of artist Christopher Wood, airman Richard Hillary, and spy Jeremy Wolfenden. "Pistache", a collection of parodies of famous writers, was published in 2006.
James Bond and "Devil May Care"
In July 2007, it was revealed that Faulks had become the latest author to write an official James Bond novel, "Devil May Care", at the request of the trustees of the estate of original 007 author Ian Fleming. [cite news | url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/6289186.stm | publisher=BBC | title=Faulks pens new James Bond novel | work=BBC News Online] The novel was released on May 28 2008, to mark the 100th anniversary of Fleming's birth.
"Devil May Care" is set during the Cold War. Bond is widowed and vulnerable but remains heroically gallant and libidinous.
Faulks finished the book in six weeks and has followed the Bond style with exotic locations, glamorous women and larger-than-life villains. He says "Devil May Care" is about 80 per cent Fleming and is set in 1967, the year after Fleming's final Bond book - a collection of short stories called "Octopussy and the Living Daylights" - was published posthumously. Corinne Turner, the managing director of Ian Fleming Publications which commissioned the book, said the Fleming family "was delighted with it". According to the author, Bond "... has been through a lot of bad things. He is slightly more vulnerable than any previous Bond but at the same time he is both gallant and highly sexed if you like". ["The Daily Telegraph", 11.07.2007 [http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml;jsessionid=LYDP4APOUDTQ3QFIQMGCFF4AVCBQUIV0?xml=/news/2007/07/11/nbond111.xml] ]
One of Britain's most popular novelists, Faulks often blends the modern history of England, France, and America with elements of romance. He has a widespread following, particularly among women readers. His strong background in national newspaper journalism shows through in his narrative fluency and his ability to convincingly fictionalise aspects of recent history within his works. [Contemporary writers, critical perspective, Dr Jules Smith, 2002 [http://www.contemporarywriters.com/authors/profile/?p=auth3] ]
Faulks's novels are mostly about conflict: conflict of the heart and conflict of the battlefield. With its evocation of the hellishness of the great war - soldiers trapped in tunnels and trenches, maimed, maddened and ultimately destroyed by a war with no purpose - "Birdsong" is often regarded as his best book. But the books are about more than war; for many readers they are primarily love stories.
The human costs of love and war are his essential subjects. An underlying theme in all his novels is the pressure that public events exert on the individuals caught up in them. Faulks was asked in a 2001 interview why he is so fixated on war and he noted,
Faulks often seems to be at war with himself: the radical free spirit with a conservative family life; the hedonist and the ascetic; the artist and businessman. His novels make clear that there is a masculine side to his writing (war, technology) and a feminine side (love, landscape, romance) which co-exist side by side.
Faulks is also a Francophile with a European slant on the question of 'Englishness'. He writes in a descriptive vein about the pleasures of sexual passion, food and drink, landscape, as well as the anguish of separation and the wounding effects of the past. [Contemporary writers, critical perspective [http://www.contemporarywriters.com/authors/profile/?p=auth3] ] Although he doesn't consider himself a romantic novelist "per se", he does state,
As Dr Jules Smith suggests in a critical profile of Faulks:'... He is a conscious, and very skilled, manipulator of his readers' emotions. But such is the enjoyment factor, luscious romantic detailing, and sheer narrative drive of his books that they completely carry one along with them. Taken as a whole, his 'French' trilogy is a considerable achievement, and all his books are highly enjoyable; read them as romances, as historical witness or simply as an Englishman's highly attractive view of the seductions of French and American culture.' [Contemporary writers, critical perspective, Dr Jules Smith, 2002 [http://www.contemporarywriters.com/authors/profile/?p=auth3] ]
* "A Trick of the Light" Bodley Head (1984)
* "The Girl at the Lion D'or" Hutchinson (1989)
* "A Fool's Alphabet" Hutchinson (1992)
* "Birdsong" Hutchinson (1993)
* "Charlotte Gray" Hutchinson (1998)
* "On Green Dolphin Street" (Hutchinson 2001)
* "Human Traces" Hutchinson (2005) ISBN 0-09-179687-3
* "Engleby" Hutchinson (2007)
* "Devil May Care" Penguin (2008)
* "The Vintage Book of War Stories" (editor with Jorg Hensgen) Vintage (1999)
* "" (1996)
* "Pistache" (an essay collection) Hutchinson (2006)
Prizes and awards
* 1995 British Book Awards Author of the Year
* 1998 James Tait Black Memorial Prize (for fiction) shortlist: "Charlotte Gray"
* 2002 CBE
* [http://www.sebastianfaulks.com/ The Official Sebastian Faulks website]
* [http://www.randomhouse.com/vintage/catalog/results_author.pperl?authorid=8450/ The Official Random House site for Sebastian Faulks in the US]
* [http://www.bbc.co.uk/arts/bigread/top100.shtml The Big Read] from the BBC
* [http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/comedy/writestuff.shtml The Write Stuff]
* StoryCode lists books similar to [http://www.storycode.com/lcompare.php?r=13 Birdsong] , [http://www.storycode.com/lcompare.php?r=314 On Green Dolphin Street] and [http://www.storycode.com/lcompare.php?r=331 Human Traces]
* [http://www.journalisted.com/sebastian-faulks Journalisted - Articles by Sebastian Faulks]
* [http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2523171/The-12-top-titles-that-booksellers-must-always-stock.html The 12 top titles that booksellers must always stock]
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