"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)
"A remarkable creation. . . . Truly moving. . . . richly human novel [and a] grand portrait of a city." --"The Washington Post "
"Ambitious, entertaining, and often scathingly angry." --"The New York Times Book Review "
""A Week in December "is a formally ambitious, intelligently entertaining, rather provocative novel of contemporary manners." --"Los Angeles Times "
"Reflects the tumultuous present with both humor and a scathing sensibility. . . . This, at its heart, is fiction about folks, and it's darned compelling." --"The Denver Post "
"Vigorous, authentic and often hilarious. . . . Clever and convincing." --"Chicago Tribune "
"The ultimate urban novel. . . . A blistering social document." --"Seattle Times "
"Delightful and witty. . . . A state-of-the-nation book, a satirical comedy of metropolitan literary life, a sweeping, Dickensian look at contemporary London, a serious examination of Islam and the reasons for radicalism among y