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  • Published: 4 January 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446412947
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 800

Human Traces

Reissued in new series style to match Faulks's most recent novel Where My Heart Used to Beat, which was a major Sunday Times bestseller in 2016

Discover the moving powerful prequel to Snow Country

An extraordinary novel of magnificent scope' Evening Standard
As young boys both Jacques Rebière and Thomas Midwinter become fascinated with trying to understand the human mind. As psychiatrists, their quest takes them from the squalor of the Victorian lunatic asylum to the crowded lecture halls of the renowned Professor Charcot in Paris; from the heights of the Sierra Madre in California to the plains of unexplored Africa.

As the concerns of the old century fade and the First World War divides Europe, the two men's volatile relationship develops and changes, but is always tempered by one exceptional woman; Thomas's sister Sonia.

Moving and challenging in equal measure, Human Traces explores the question of what kind of beings men and women really are.

'Shocking and enlightening...touching and affecting' Daily Mail

  • Published: 4 January 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446412947
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 800

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 Human Traces

A fascinating and insightful read.

Natasha Usher, British Journal of General Practice

[S]tructurally intricate, yet intensely focused on the lives of individuals...Human Traces is replete with interesting ideas and contains some exceptionally fine topographic writing

Jane Stevenson, Observer

An epic of a novel...in some ways better than Birdsong, or at least more subtle and far ranging

Country Life

An extraordinary novel of magnificent scope

Evening Standard

Faulks has woven dozens of compelling voices together to produce an extraordinary novel of magnificent scope

Jonathan Ree, Evening Standard

Faulks is beyond doubt a master

Financial Times

He is the best novelist of his generation


His most ambitious novel yet... Love, loyalty, courage, compassion, goodness...these are the poles around which his always skilful storytelling revolves


One of the most impressive novelists of his generation

Sunday Telegraph

Shocking and enlightening...touching and affecting

Daily Mail

This is a bold and remarkable work of imagination, particularly in its daring remastery of the 19th-century novel form and the sustained grace of its prose. To write so well for so many hundreds of pages is an amazing feat of intellectual athleticism

Jane Shilling, Sunday Telegraph

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