Sebastian Faulks

Sebastian Faulks

Sebastian Faulks CBE was the first Literary Editor of the Independent and became Deputy Editor of the Independent on Sunday. He has been a columnist for the Guardian and the Evening Standard. Elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 1993, he was appointed CBE for services to literature in 2002. Birdsong, a novel of overwhelming emotional power, is taught at school and university on both English and History syllabuses; it has sold more than two million copies in the United Kingdom and three million worldwide.

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  1. 63. ARE WE ALL MAD? THE HISTORY OF THE HUMAN MIND, ITS BRILLIANCE, AND ITS FRAILTIES
    63. ARE WE ALL MAD? THE HISTORY OF THE HUMAN MIND, ITS BRILLIANCE, AND ITS FRAILTIES

    Sebastian Faulks, widely hailed as one of the best writers of his generation, has combined an extraordinary blend of literary merit and huge commercial success across a varied and experimental career. Dubbed the 'Balzac of Holland Park' he will discuss madness and psychiatry with psychologist Professor Brett Kahr. These are themes which he first addressed in his novel Human Traces, set early in the 20th century, containing provocative ideas about how the mind works. In his latest novel Snow Country, set after the carnage of the First World War, he explores the redemptive capacity of psychiatry and what differentiates humans from other creatures.

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