Novelist Sebastian Faulks in conversation with Monica Lanman

Sebastian Faulks

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Venue: UCL Cruciform Building, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6AE

Date: Sunday 15 November 2009

British novelist, Sebastian Faulks talked to psychoanalytic psychotherapist Monica Lanman about his work, with a particular focus on two of his more recent novels, Human Traces and Engleby, both psychological tours de force in their different ways.

Sebastian Faulks was educated at Elstree School, Reading, and Emmanuel College Cambridge and was a journalist until 1991. His first novel, A Trick of the Light, was published in 1984, and was followed by The Girl at the Lion D’Or, the first of three concerned with war-time experience. The next of these, Birdsong is perhaps the best-known, with its interweaving of a love story with an extraordinarily powerful evocation of the traumatic experience of the trenches, and the tunnelling under the battlefields of the First World War. Charlotte Gray, his fifth novel, about the psychological journey of a young Scottish woman involved with the French resistance during the Second World War, was adapted as a film in 2002. In 2008 Sebastian Faulks wrote a one-off James Bond novel, Devil May Care, to celebrate the centenary of Ian Fleming’s birth. He can be heard on Radio 4’s literary quiz The Write Stuff.

His latest novel, A Week in December, set in modern London, was published by Hutchinson in September 2009.

He is a Fellow of Royal Society of Literature, was awarded a Hon D Litt from Tavistock Institute and appointed CBE 2002. He lives in London.

Monica Lanman is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist and couple therapist. She works at the Tavistock Clinic, the Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships and in private practice.