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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Hutchinson; 1st edition, 1st impression edition (3 Sept. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091794455
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091794453
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 3.2 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (315 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 289,793 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sebastian Faulks was born in April 1953. Before becoming a full-time writer in 1991, he worked as a journalist. His French trilogy - The Girl at the Lion d'Or, Birdsong and Charlotte Gray (1989-1997) - established him in the front rank of British novelists. UK sales of Birdsong exceed 2,500,000 copies, and for this novel he was named "Author of the Year" by the British Book Awards in 1995. It is regularly voted one of the nation's favourite books. Charlotte Gray has also sold over a million copies and was filmed with Cate Blanchett in the main part.

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Faulks's most vivid character is the odious John Veals, a hedge-fund manager, who relishes all the money that he makes and the power that he quietly exerts... Veals is brilliantly insidious... A thoughtful page-turner ... The handsome sunset is heavily, and rightly, weighed down by dark clouds. (The Times)

During times of momentous change, men of letters are driven to produce works that fictionalise the state of the nation, linking individuals with historic events. The 19th century gave us Thackeray's Vanity Fair, Dickens's Our Mutual Friend and Trollope's The Way We Live Now; the 21st has given us Sebastian Faulks's A Week in December (Sunday Times)

This vast novel, well-plotted and gripping throughout, is the first that Sebastian Faulks has set in our time... the ambition and scope of the book are to be applauded. The conclusion is suitably nail-biting and, pleasingly, love triumphs. Sebastian Faulks has probably got another best-seller on his hands. (Spectator)

A portrayal of modern London that is both richly entertaining and highly rewarding. Faulks has come as close as anyone to completing the jigsaw that is this crazy, fascinating city of ours. (Evening Standard)

Faulk's latest novel has been hyped as the defining novel of the noughties - and it doesn't disappoint... The book makes for uncomfortable reading at times, as Faulks explores many of our daily habits - but it is also brilliantly funny. (News of the World)

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Powerful contemporary novel set in London from a master of literary fiction

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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Waldo on 7 Jun. 2011
Format: Paperback
I really must disagree with the negative reviews on here. Quite simply, this is one of my favourite books. I was engaged by all of the story lines and characters and found that the pacing and structure of the novel was such that I never got bored of any of them.

Some people have complained about the detailed descriptions of intricate financial dealings. However, I felt these were necessary to illustrate just how devilishly clever were the machinations. Did I understand all the ins and outs? No, but Faulks ensured that I understood enough to follow the story, whilst giving me a real sense of what goes on within the gleaming office blocks of London's financial district.

I, for one, found all of the character's story's to be perfectly plausible and illuminating, and could certainly relate to the modern disassociation from the real world that seems to be one of Faulks' central themes. I also loved the insights that the author has one of his characters propose about the role of books as the only medium that actually aims to explain the world and the people within it, rather than simply offering just another escape from reality.

To sum up, the book was very entertaining - a real suspense is built up in the second half of the novel - as well as being richly rewarding. Not only that, but the whole thing is told in a prose style that is wonderfully and refreshingly free of "creative writing group" pretension.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By MarkW on 18 Jun. 2011
Format: Paperback
Unlike a lot of the reviewers of this book I had not previously read anything by Sebastian Faulks before so perhaps had very different (very few) expectations. I must admit that after the first few pages I did almost give it up as the start did just not grip me, with what was almost a 'cast list' given to introduce many of the characters (presented as a list of people to invite to a party)- but I am very glad I persevered. The idea of following the stories of a group of people over a short period of time has been done before, but I really liked the characters and the ways that they their lives crossed in many small or major ways. Some of the satire was a bit heavier than I expected but there were for me both some very funny and insightful moments. Others have mentioned the use of games, musical groups, social networking sites etc used in the story that are named differently from similar things that really exist, which does seem odd, but I think is understanadable if you are writing a book that satirises some of these things. I did not totally follow the details of the financial side of the story, and the City may be an easy target, but I beleive that the story has a point that is worth making. Given that the book takes place within a single week some aspects of the ending are implied without perhaps getting the full story, but this worked for me and I really enjoyed the book. Maybe this is an atypical Faulks book in which case I'm not sure how I would get on with the others!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. A. R. Willis on 29 Sept. 2011
Format: Paperback
Looking through the online reviews I think this book is much underrated. In fact so many people complained that the ending was weak that I nearly gave up on it - but I am very glad that I didn't.

In the event I found the ending excellent and the whole book coherent, stylish and important. It avoids the James Bond denouement that some readers seem to have been hoping for but surely they can find that elsewhere. The several catastrophes that were actually described are far more devastating for being far more real. Indeed the story mirrors events that have occurred since it was written to an extent which is truly extraordinary.

There was an element of satire and exaggeration as Faulks savaged his various modern stereotypes with devastating power. But for me the targets were well chosen and the attacks as justified as they were overdue. The Telegraph reviewer quoted on the back cover said it was 'hilarious' and the 'satire [was] so vicious..." Mandy Rice Davies once gave the definitive explanation for that kind of trivialisation of the book's attack!

Faulks' research is prodigious and the book gave insights into a surprising variety of faces of the modern world that I definitely needed to know about, even if I didn't particularly want to. The recurring motif of the anonymous cyclist without lights pushing past on the pavement gave a surreal feel which was a little magical.

I strongly recommend it. It deserves to endure as a parable of our age.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Fiona Turner on 23 April 2014
Format: Paperback
This book was disappointing:

1. There are far too many characters, and on top of this even some of the most peripheral characters have back stories. For example we learn the names of the numerous dogs of one of the couples at the central dinner party. The couple themselves don't need to be included in the story, let alone named, let alone their dogs named! Far too much information.

2. The 'climactic' dinner party was no climax at all. The whole of the story seemed to be building up to an explosive (literally) finale where all the characters were brought together in a clever way and the identity of the mysterious cyclist is revealed. However, the dinner party actually barely features and is mainly used as a vehicle for a very peripheral character (he with the many dogs) to have a go at the hedge fund manager about the evils of bankers' greed. This point had been made many times throughout the book and didn't need making again. While, conversely, there are some very strange omissions. To give one example, a teacher who had been invited to the dinner party was the stalker of the new girlfriend of one of the other guests, yet he was not even mentioned as being at the dinner party, let alone have any kind of confrontation between the two of them.

The result is a book that seems to have been both over- and under-edited. The editor should have removed large numbers of characters and whole chunks of their various stories and back stories. But it seems that entire scenes have been cut from the final dinner party, leaving a very frustrating read. I invested a lot of time and concentration on this book, following the various characters (including persevering through the duller ones), trying to work out how they were going to all meet and be linked up at the end. Only to find that there was actually no resolution at all. Very disappointing.
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