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- Full Title: Birdsong
- When Written: Early 1990s
- Where Written: London, England
- When Published: 1993
- Literary Period: Contemporary
- Genre: Fiction, War
- Setting: France and England, 1910-1918 and 1978-1979
- Climax: Stephen Wraysford and Jack Firebrace are trapped deep under the French soil after a German bomb destroys their trench during World War I. Sadly, Jack dies of his injuries, but Stephen is rescued by enemy German soldiers, whom he immediately embraces after six longs days beneath the soil.
- Antagonist: René Azaire; war
- Point of View: Third-person omniscient
Extra Credit for Birdsong
Enduring Popularity. Since its publication in 1993, Birdsong has become one of the most frequently borrowed books from British libraries, along with J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series and books from American crime writer, James Patterson.
“Bond, James Bond.” In 2006, the estate of late British novelist Ian Fleming commissioned Faulks to pen a new James Bond novel. In 2008, Faulks and Fleming’s estate published Devil May Care to both popular and critical acclaim. In the first four days of its release, the book sold nearly 45,000 copies in the United Kingdom alone.