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A Possible Life

A Possible Life by Sebastian Faulks

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By Sebastian Faulks

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‘A delight… A tightly written, moving and exciting’ Daily Telegraph

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 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.

‘It does what any good novel should – it unsettles, it moves, and it forces us to question who we are’ Sunday Times


12 May 2020


Each of the five stand-alone yet connected stories that make up this book had me gripped and completely engrossed. Each profoundly told story is of a different life in a different era. Each allows the reader to "feel your heart beat in someone else's life."(quote p292). Highly recommended.

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