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About the book
  • Published: 1 September 2010
  • ISBN: 9780099458289
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 400
  • RRP: $26.99

A Week in December

Powerful contemporary novel set in London from a master of literary fiction

Structured like a thriller, A Week in December takes place over the course of a single week at the end of 2008. Set in London, it brings together an intriguing cast of characters whose lives apparently run on parallel lines but - as gradually becomes clear - are intricately related. The central anti-hero, John Veals, is a shadily successful and boundlessly ambitious Dickensian character who is trading billions. The tentacles of Veals's influence encompass newspaper columnists, MPs, businessmen, footballers, a female tube driver, a Scottish convert to Islam, a disaffected teenager, and a care worker, whose different perspectives build up a tale of love, family and money as the story builds to its powerful climax.

  • Pub date: 1 September 2010
  • ISBN: 9780099458289
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 400
  • RRP: $26.99

About the Author

Sebastian Faulks

Sebastian Faulks was born in April 1953. Before becoming a full-time writer in 1991, he worked as a journalist. Sebastian Faulks’s books include A Possible Life, Human Traces, On Green Dolphin Street, Engleby, Birdsong, A Week in December and Where My Heart Used to Beat.

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Praise for A Week in December

“Faulks's most vivid character is the odious John Veals, a hedge-fund manager, who relishes all the money that he makes and the power that he quietly exerts... Veals is brilliantly insidious... A thoughtful page-turner ... The handsome sunset is heavily, and rightly, weighed down by dark clouds.”

The Times

“During times of momentous change, men of letters are driven to produce works that fictionalise the state of the nation, linking individuals with historic events. The 19th century gave us Thackeray's Vanity Fair, Dickens's Our Mutual Friend and Trollope's The Way We Live Now; the 21st has given us Sebastian Faulks's A Week in December”

Sunday Times

“This vast novel, well-plotted and gripping throughout, is the first that Sebastian Faulks has set in our time... the ambition and scope of the book are to be applauded. The conclusion is suitably nail-biting and, pleasingly, love triumphs. Sebastian Faulks has probably got another best-seller on his hands.”


“A portrayal of modern London that is both richly entertaining and highly rewarding. Faulks has come as close as anyone to completing the jigsaw that is this crazy, fascinating city of ours.”

Evening Standard

“A vicious satire on modern life”

Daily Telegraph

“a zeitgeisty novel about the effects of greed, celebrity, the electronic age and the fragmentation of urban life. It's gripping stuff [...] Sweeping and satirical, A Week in December is a thrilling state-of-the-nation novel.”

Elizabeth Dare, Cath Kidson Magazine

“The novel is cleverly plotted and eminently readable...”

Peter Parker, Sunday Times

“Faulks never writes a hackneyed or lazy sentence, polishing each with care”

Lesley McDowell, Independent on Sunday

“Page-turning portrait of noughties' London.”

Woman & Home

“One can't mistake Faulk's ambition, and his take on the contemporary life is never less than readable”

Sunday Herald

“This intriguing book, shaped by modern manners and foibles as much as actions and outcomes, takes the reader on a whistle-stop tour of society.”

Waterstone's Book Quarterly

“The author cleverly brings together the two things that are troubling the nation most - the collapse of the financial system and the threat of terrorism. The book is compelling.”

Nicola Horlick, Evening Standard, Christmas round up

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