Where My Heart Used To Beat
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' most remarkable book yet.
Sebastian Faulks comes from a family of lawyers. His father was a judge and his brother, Edward, is a barrister who became a minister in the Ministry of Justice under the coalition.After reading English at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, Faulks set out to write, first for small magazines, then for newspapers, on the staff of which he worked as reporter, editor and columnist for 13 years. He has since written several bestselling works of fiction including Charlotte Gray, Engleby and Human Traces - as well as the Sunday Times number one bestseller A Week in December. He is a member of the Authors XI cricket team and the Boffins CC, and plays tennis in the West Middlesex league for his local club, Campden Hill. He has recently been working on the First World War centenary commemorations as part of the Government Advisory Group and read from his novel Birdsong in Westminster Abbey on the centenary of the outbreak of war in August 2014.