Sebastian Faulks

The story of one of the largest first World War battles on the Western Front is being seen in a wider context

War writing at heart is about the ambivalence of loyalty to class, nation, and friends, and of belief and the business of being human, and more recent Irish writing on the Great War, in reopening a closed chapter in our history, is no different in exploring all those ambiguities

Adapting Sebastian Faulks’s novel for the stage proved a challenge but it is well-timed for the centenary of the first World War

My books are born from my obsession with Roman history. I’ve followed Spartacus’ trail across Italy. I’ve stood at Cannae and imagined Hannibal’s army meeting the massed legions of Rome


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