Where My Heart Used to Beat (Paperback)
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Where My Heart Used to Beat (Paperback)

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Published: 30/06/2016
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So much of what I’d heard and read as a young man excited in me the belief that enduring sexual passion, romantic ‘love’, was the highest type of interaction – perhaps indeed the highest state of being – to which a human could aspire. How lamentably I had failed. How seldom had I felt the weight of all my joy and all my safety to hang on the say-so of another.

On a small island off the south coast of France, Robert Hendricks - an English doctor who has seen the best and the worst the twentieth century had to offer - is forced to confront the events that made up his life.

His host is Alexander Pereira, a man who seems to know more about his guest than Hendricks himself does. Their search for the past takes the reader through the war in Italy in 1944, a passionate love that seems to hold out hope, the great days of idealistic work in the 1960s and finally - unforgettably - back into the trenches of the Western Front.

This moving novel casts a long, baleful light over the century we have left behind but may never fully understand. Daring, ambitious and in the end profoundly moving, this is Faulks' most remarkable book yet; a haunting tale of war, love and loss.

‘This is a terrific novel, humming with ideas, knowing asides, shafts of sunlight, shouts of laughter and moments of almost unbearable tragedy.’ – The Telegraph

An author who has achieved an enviable blend of literary merit and huge commercial success across a varied and experimental career, Sebastian Faulks is a critic and award-winning author best-known for his French trilogy, including the tour-de force novel of the First World War, Birdsong, The Girl at the Lion D’or and the classic novel of the French Resistance Charlotte Gray, as well as contemporary dramas Engleby and A Week in December.

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9780099549246
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 234 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 20 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

A masterpiece…a terrific novel, humming with ideas, knowing asides, shafts of sunlight, shouts of laughter and moments of almost unbearable tragedy - Toby Clements, Sunday Telegraph

Compelling...profoundly moving - Leyla Sanai, The Independent on Sunday

A pleasure from start to finish…WHERE MY HEART USED TO BEAT is that rare book, a page-turning read that also has a significant intellectual and emotional charge. - Alexander Larman, Sunday Express

There is everything here: love, loss, death, war, history, memory, ideas, travel, friendship, rivalry, chance – and sex. It comes in an immaculately crafted package that continues an ingenious dual-timeline with plot twists that serve the reader with the exact impression of what it might be to live the life of the novel’s gimlet-eyed and engaging narrator, Dr Robert Hendricks - Sunday Telegraph

Combining as it does the cultural narrative of a complex century forsaken by God and certainty, a serious investigation into the vulnerability of the human mind and an old-fashioned – in the best sense – story of love and war, this is an ambitious, demanding and profoundly melancholy book - Guardian

a powerful and moving novel - Daily Express

This is not a wartime tragic romance, or a simple story of trauma. It is much more affecting than that. - Rosemary Goring, Herald

An intelligent and moving examination of the traumas of war. Faulks is as accomplished as ever - Scotsman, Books of the Year

It’s a melancholy tale of war, love and loss that will leave you gulping back sobs - Observer, Books 2015 in Review

Faulks gets better and better with every book. This is surely one of the year’s best novels. - John Harding, Daily Mail

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