A new book from James Bond centenary author Sebastian Faulks is on the horizon: Faulks on Fiction: The Secret Life of the Novel.
Faulks on Fiction will be published to coincide with a major BBC series (more on that in this CommanderBond.net article). The book will feature the Devil May Care author’s take on many enduring character types from over the centuries and ‘a unique social history of Britain’.
The full publisher’s blurb follows below:
The British invented the novel, with the publication of Robinson Crusoe in 1719 marking the arrival of a new and revolutionary form of art. But it’s equally true, as Sebastian Faulks makes clear in this remarkable book, that the novel invented the British: for the first time there was a form of art that reflected the experiences of ordinary people and provided characters that served as true cultural touchstones.
In The Secret Life of the English Novel, Faulks explores enduring character types 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 English Novel is a subjective 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.
Faulks on Fiction: The Secret Life of the Novel is currently scheduled for a late 2010/early 2011 release date. The book can currently be pre-ordered in hardback, retailing for £20.00, from Amazon.co.uk:
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