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Faulks on Fiction

(2011)
The Secret Life of the Novel
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The British invented the novel, with the publication of "Robinson Crusoe" in 1719 marking the arrival of a revolutionary and distinctly modern form of art. But it's also true, as Sebastian Faulks argues in this remarkable book, that the novel helped invent the British: for the first time we had stories that reflected the experiences of ordinary people, with characters in which we could find our reality, our understanding and our escape. In "The Secret Life of the Novel", Faulks examines many of these enduring fictional characters from over the centuries - Heroes from Tom Jones to John Self, Lovers from Mr Darcy to Lady Chatterly, Villains from Fagin to Barbara Covett, and Snobs from Emma Woodhouse to James Bond - and shows us how they mapped and inspired the British psyche, and continue to do so. Published to coincide with a major BBC series, "The Secret Life of the Novel" is an engaging and opinionated look at the psychology of the British through their literature, and a unique social history of Britain from one of our most respected writers. Characters included in the book are: Heroes - Robinson Crusoe, Tom Jones, Becky Sharp, Sherlock Holmes, Winston Smith ("1984"), Jim Dixon ("Lucky Jim"), and John Self ("Money"); Lovers - Mr. Darcy, Heathcliff, Tess of the D'Urbervilles, Lady Chatterley, Maurice Bendrix ("End of the Affair"), Anna Wulf ("The Golden Notebook"), Nick Guest ("The Line of Beauty"); Snobs - Emma Woodhouse, Pip ("Great Expectations"), Charles Pooter ("Diary of a Nobody"), Jeeves, Jean Brodie, James Bond, Chanu ("Brick Lane"); and, Villains - Richard Lovelace ("Clarissa"), Fagin, Count Fosco ("The Woman in White"), Steerpike ("Gormenghast Trilogy"), Ronald Merrick ("The Raj Quartet'), Jack Merridew ("Lord of the Flies"), and Barbara Covett ("Notes on a Scandal").

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January 2011 : UK Hardback
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Title: Faulks on Fiction
Author(s): Sebastian Faulks
ISBN: 1-84607-959-4 / 978-1-84607-959-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: BBC Books
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Title: Faulks on Fiction
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January 2011 : UK Audio CD
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Title: Faulks on Fiction (BBC Audio)
Author(s): Sebastian Faulks
ISBN: 1-4084-6863-8 / 978-1-4084-6863-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: BBC Audiobooks Ltd
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Title: Faulks on Fiction (Includes 2 Vintage Classics): Great British Villains and the Secret Life of the Novel
Author(s): Sebastia Faulks
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Title: Faulks on Fiction (Includes 3 Vintage Classics): Great British Heroes and the Secret Life of the Novel
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Title: Faulks on Fiction (Includes 3 Vintage Classics): Great British Lovers and the Secret Life of the Novel
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Title: Faulks on Fiction (Includes 3 Vintage Classics): Great British Snobs and the Secret Life of the Novel
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Title: Faulks on Fiction (Includes 4 FREE Vintage Classics): Great British Characters and the Secret Life of the Novel
Author(s): Sebastian Faulks
Publisher: BBC Digital
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