Extraordinary and utterly moving, Birdsong is Sebastian Faulks' World War One masterpiece
Set before and during the great war, Birdsong captures the drama of that era on both a national and a personal scale. It is the story of Stephen, a young Englishman, who arrives in Amiens in 1910. His life goes through a series of traumatic experiences, from the clandestine love affair that tears apart the family with whom he lives, to the unprecedented experiences of the war itself.
Praise for Birdsong
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 spiritQuentin Crewe, Daily Mail
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 itNigel Watts, Time Out
So powerful is this recreated past that you long to call Birdsong perfectSue Gee, The Times
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 againAndrew James, Sunday Express
An overpowering and beautiful novel... Ambitious, outrageous, poignant, sleep-disturbing, Birdsong is not a perfect novel, just a great oneSimon Schama, New Yorker