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The Creation of Hell- the making of Birdsong


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This appears in today's Telegraph Magazine.

The article is a reprint of the introduction to the Reading Group edition of Birdsong and describes the long and emotional journey that lead to the novel.

Both painful and interesting.

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Faulks was involved in a radio programme some while ago where he recalled that although ideas had been floating for some time it was during a visit to Amiens that it suddenly all fell into place.

He had been to visit "Les Hortillonages" - fertile market gardening plots many of which are reached only by a network or narrow "canals" where the Somme runns into Amiens. Today you are taken for a tour on a traditional boat (now powered by electricity) - well worth visiting. Faulks walked back towards St. Leu and Amiens Cathedral across the Parc St Pierre into the Boulevard de Cange and saw a splendid house set back from the road behind railings and instantly found the setting for "the Red House".

The book followed on swiftly.

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This appears in today's Telegraph Magazine.

Thanks, Martin.

Don't suppose you have a link, do you? I'm not a registered user of the Torygraph site.

Gwyn

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Gwyn

Sorry, the article was in the magazine and I can't find a link.

Surely you have got SOME Tory friends who will lend you a copy of their paper!

Martin :D

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Surely you have got SOME Tory friends

You implying I’ve got friends?

Nah…

Even my own brother peers under his bed when I’ve gone to check I haven’t left any Reds lurking there.

;)

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