Fiction, General Fiction
Paperback Published on: 03/07/2014
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'Amazing... I have read it and re-read it and can think of no other novel for many, many years that has so moved me or stimulated in me so much reflection on the human spirit' - The Daily Mail

A novel of overwhelming emotional power, Birdsong is a story of love, death, sex and survival.

Stephen Wraysford, a young Englishman, arrives in Amiens in northern France in 1910 to stay with the Azaire family, and falls in love with unhappily married Isabelle. But, with the world on the brink of war, the relationship falters, and Stephen volunteers to fight on the Western Front.

His love for Isabelle forever engraved on his heart, he experiences the unprecedented horrors of that conflict - from which neither he nor any reader of this book can emerge unchanged.

  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
  • ISBN: 9781784700034
  • Number of pages: 528
  • Weight: 362g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 31 mm

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Death, blood and life
This is a novel best reviewed sometime after completion as it lives long in the memory, encouraging reflection some time after turning the last page. Read... READ MORE
Tim Dumble
A monumental achievement
A senseless slaughter of innocent lives, young men, brothers, cousins, family connections living in the same towns and villages, lined up at the front of w... READ MORE
A modern take on WW1
I read this at school for my A-Level English as part of WW1 fiction. I found it interesting, at university I had the chance to revisit this novel. Since th... READ MORE
Laura Peach
Recently started to see a guy in the army and he lent me this book to read. The first few chapters I really didn’t think I’d like it, it seemed a little l... READ MORE
Keeley Chapman