I loved the title. It’s taken from a Tennyson poem, that Faulks quotes at the start of the book. Anyway, it’s the reason I bought the book. Faulks’ more famous work is Birdsong from 1993, in which a women in the 1970’s tries to understand her grandfather’s experiences of WW1. I never read it, but picked this more contemporary effort instead. This also deals with war, although more focused on WW2 this time.
Set in the mid 1980’s our protagonist, Robert Hendricks is prompted to revisit old memories of his childhood, a lost love, and war time combat after receiving an odd letter from a man who served with his father in the First World War. The death of Robert’s father in the war has left a hole in his life, like many children growing up in the interwar period. There is a compelling moment when teenage Robert looks at his teacher, injured in WW1, and doesn’t realise he is looking at his own future. Continue reading “Sebastian Faulks- Where My Heart Used To Beat- Book Review”