One of 15 limited edition Vintage Future Classics published to celebrate Vintage's 15th birthday. The 15 titles were voted for by reading groups all over the UK as being books that would still be read in 100 years time.
Birdsong is a novel about the tenderness and the limits of human flesh, it is about men and women living at the edge. Set mostly in France spanning the years before and during the First World War it captures the drama and destruction of that era as it tells the story of Stephen, a young Englishman who is impelled through a series of extreme experiences, from a traumatic clandestine love affair which rips apart the bourgeois French family he lives with, through grim insanity of the Great War. In the vast scenes of suffering and the tender depiction of human love, Birdsong is at times almost unbearably moving to read.
“'This is literature at its very best: a book with the power to reveal the unimagined, so that one's life is set in a changed context. I urge you to read it'”
Nigel Watts, Time Out
“'With Birdsong Faulks has produced a mesmerizing story of love and war...This book is so powerful that as I finished it I turned to the front to start again'”
Andrew James, Sunday Express
“'I have read it and re-read it and can think of no other novel for many, many years that has so moved me or stimulated in me so much reflection on the human spirit '”
Quentin Crewe, Daily Mail
“So powerful is this recreated past that you long to call Birdsong perfect”
Sue Gee, The Times