VJ Books Presents Author Sebastian Faulks!
Sebastian Faulks was born in Donnington, a village near Newbury in Berkshire on April 20, 1953. Faulks went as top scholar to Wellington College in 1966 and in 1970 won an open exhibition to read English at Emmanuel College, Cambridge. He graduated in 1974, and was elected an Honorary Fellow in 2007.
In the year between school and university he had studied in Paris and learned to speak French. After university he spent a year in Bristol, writing a novel. At the end of the year, he migrated to London where he found work teaching in a private school in Camden Town.
After two years, he got a job running a small book club called the New Fiction Society which had been set up by the Arts Council to stimulate sales of literary fiction. He took over from the novelist David Hughes, who became a lifelong friend. In 1979 Faulks joined the staff of the Daily Telegraph as the junior reporter on the diary column. He had also been given work as freelance book reviewer, first at the Sunday Times, then at the Spectator and Books and Bookmen. Faulks worked as a feature writer for the Sunday Telegraph from 1983 to 1986, when he went to join the Independent as Literary Editor.
He subsequently wrote a monthly column for the Guardian, then for two years a weekly one in the Evening Standard and had a short spell as film reviewer for the Mail On Sunday. However, following the success of Birdsong, he has been able to focus his energies on books.
Faulks was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 1993 and appointed CBE for services to literature in 2002. The Tavistock Clinic in association with the University of East London awarded him an honorary doctorate for his contribution to the understanding of psychiatry in Human Traces.
In 1989, he married Veronica Youlten, formerly his assistant on the Independent books pages, later an editor at the Independent magazine. They have three children: William (born 1990), Holly (born 1992) and Arthur (born 1996). They spent a year in south west France, near Agen, in 1995-96, while Faulks was writing Charlotte Gray, but have lived in London since then.
Sebastian Faulks Bibliography
A Trick of the Light - 1984
- The Girl at the Lion d'Or - 1989
- A Fool's Alphabet - 1992
- Birdsong - 1993
- The Fatal Englishman - 1996
- Charlotte Gray - 1998
- On Green Dolphin Street - 2001
- Human Traces - 2005
- Pistache - 2006
- Engleby - 2007
- Devil May Care - 2008
- A Week in December - 2009
- Faulks on Fiction: Great British Characters and the Secret Life of the Novel - 2011
- A Possible Life - 2012
- Jeeves and the Wedding Bells - 2013
- Where My Heart Used to Beat - 2015
Sebastian Faulks Honors and Awards
- 1994 British Book Awards Author of the Year.
- 1998 James Tait Black Memorial Prize for fiction - shortlist for Charlotte Gray.
- 2002 Appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire - CBE, "For services to Literature".
- 2009 British Book Awards Popular Fiction Award for Devil May Care
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