May 16, 2010

A Week in December by Sebastian Faulks


From the author of the bestselling Birdsong comes a powerful novel that melds the moral heft of Dickens and the scrupulous realism of Trollope with the satirical spirit of Tom Wolfe.

London: the week before Christmas, 2007. Over seven days we follow the lives of seven major characters: a hedge fund manager trying to bring off the biggest trade of his career; a professional footballer recently arrived from Poland; a young lawyer with little work and too much time to speculate; a student who has been led astray by Islamist theory; a hack book reviewer; a schoolboy hooked on reality TV and genetically altered pot; and a Tube train driver whose Circle Line train joins these and countless other lives together in a daily loop.

With daring skill and savage humor, A Week in December explores the complex patterns and crossings of modern urban life; as the novel moves to its gripping climax, its characters are forced, one by one, to confront the true nature of the world they—and we all—inhabit.

Click here to read an excerpt.


Sebastian Faulks worked as a journalist for fourteen years before taking up writing full-time in 1991. In 1995 he was voted Author of the Year by the British Book Awards for Birdsong, his fourth novel and his second, following A Fool's Alphabet, to be published in the United States. He is also the author of Human Traces, On Green Dolphin Street, Charlotte Gray, The Fatal Englishman, and The Girl at the Lion d'Or. He lives in London with his wife and three children.

To read more about the author visit his website at


Oh my, I don't know where to begin with this one. This is the first book I have read by Sebastian Faulks, so I am not able to compare it to his earlier books.

Seven major characters and seven eventful days just before Christmas in 2007. This book is all about a society torn apart by conflict, greed, technology, finance, religion, sports, drugs, and so much more.

A Week in December is a very big book that attempts to deal with very big issues. I really struggled to complete this one, and found the complex lives of the main characters almost too much to digest.

Thank you to Doubleday for providing a copy of this book for the purpose of my honest review.


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  2. I have this book and now tht I have read your review feel I should get to it as soon as possible. Thanks