BOOK CLUB CLAS­SICS

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Bird­song

by Se­bas­tian Faulks (£8.99, PB, Vin­tage Pub­lish­ing)

The story

In this mod­ern clas­sic, we meet Stephen Wraysford, a young English­man who ar­rives in France in 1910 to stay with the Azaire fam­ily. He falls for Is­abelle, the wife of his host and they em­bark on a tem­pes­tu­ous love af­fair. Stephen vol­un­teers to fight in World War I and ex­pe­ri­ences the hor­rors of war from the trenches. We watch the story move be­tween three pe­ri­ods of time, in­clud­ing when Stephen’s grand­daugh­ter dis­cov­ers his diary.

Our ver­dict

This crit­i­cally ac­claimed novel is a thought-pro­vok­ing look at the atroc­i­ties of war and the in­de­struc­tibil­ity of love. Pas­sion­ate and heart-wrench­ing, the story will stay with you long af­ter you’ve turned the last page.

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