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Top Telly Tip: Birdsong - 9pm, BBC1, Sunday 22 January
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Continuing my very occasional series which promotes only the best things coming up on the box, I am going to recommend Birdsong, which will begin airing on BBC1 at 9pm this coming Sunday (Sunday 22 January).

Cut and pasted from the BBC website:

Birdsong: BBC One's adaptation of Sebastian Faulks' modern classic

Eddie Redmayne and Clémence Poésy star as the passionate young lovers Stephen and Isabelle, brought together by love and torn apart by the First World War, in BBC One's adaptation of Sebastian Faulks' modern classic, Birdsong.

Follow the link for all the details:

Raks's Reaction

I have not seen this but I cannot wait! I am recommending this because Birdsong is one of my favourite books EVER. I love Sebastian Faulks, and he is one of my favourite modern authors.

I still vividly remember when I read Birdsong for the first time. For me, there is a slow start, as I was not that gripped by the affair, but as soon as it got to the trenches the book came alive for me. The way it describes the experience of war for a soldier, the camaraderie, strong friendships and the ties that bind, along with the horror, brutality and futility of war, just took hold of me and gripped me and I could not put the book down. If you have not read the book, read it now!

Available from Amazon for £4.99:

Synopsis cut and pasted from Amazon:
Set before and during the great war, Birdsong captures the drama of that era on both a national and a personal scale. It is the story of Stephen, a young Englishman, who arrives in Amiens in 1910. His life goes through a series of traumatic experiences, from the clandestine love affair that tears apart the family with whom he lives, to the unprecedented experiences of the war itself.
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I could have sworn that I'd read this, but on reflection think maybe I'm confusing it with the Resurrection trilogy by Pat Barker! Will have to add it to my ever expanding 'must read' list... along with some of his other works that I can't remember, such as Charlotte Gray, etc. :-)

Must read, must read, must read!


It made the top 20 in the BBC's Big Read. In April 2003 the BBC's Big Read began the search for the nation's best-loved novel; they asked the public to nominate their favourite books. Birdsong came it at number 13.

The full list is here:

The list is an excellent place to start if you want to read good books.

Edited at 2012-01-18 03:58 pm (UTC)

Looking through, I've read most of those on the list – discounting the teenage girlie stuff by Meg Cabot, Jacqueline Wilson, etc, tho' my daughter certainly read them! But I definitely need to read Birdsong, so think I'll go order it right now... :-)


Another Birdsong book sold!

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