Sebastian Faulks was born on 20 April 1953 and was educated in England at
Wellington College and Emmanuel College, Cambridge. He was the first literary
editor of The Independent (a leading British newspaper launched in 1986) and became deputy editor of the Independent on Sunday
before leaving in 1991 to concentrate on writing; he continues to contribute
articles and reviews to a number of newspapers and magazines.
He is well-known for his three novels set in wartime France: The Girl at the Lion d'Or (1989), set between the First and Second World Wars, Birdsong (1993), the story of a young Englishman and his harrowing experiences fighting in northern France during the First World War; and Charlotte Gray (1998), the adventures of a young Scottish woman who becomes involved with the French resistance during the Second World War. His more recent novels are On Green Dolphin Street (2001), a love story set against the backdrop of the Cold War, and Human Traces (published in the UK in 2005 and in the USA this month). His next novel is scheduled for release in the UK in May 2007. Titled Engleby, it is about a man, devoid of scruple or self-pity, rising through the ranks during the Thatcher years and into the "blandscape of New Labour". The book jacket blurb describes it as "a lament for a generation and the country it failed".
He lives with his wife and three children (aged about 15, 13 and 9) in a house in Holland Park, London. When asked whether he consciously chose to write a weightier novel following the relatively slim On Green Dolphin Street, he replies "I didn't sit down and say to myself, 'Right, in the next book you are going to write a really big, ambitious story with massively weighty themes.' I'm glad that this has been that book, but you can't really choose. I feel as if I'm the passive instrument of whatever is out there. Something comes along and says, 'Write me.'"
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