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[Perspectives] In the novelist’s chair

Sebastian Faulks once told an interviewer that in a different life he would have liked to be a psychiatrist. Certainly, he has not neglected psychiatry in his novels. Human Traces used factual and fictional characters to tell the story of psychiatry at the end of the 19th century, while Enderby, a darker tale, centred on the mental world of a psychopath. Now in Where My Heart Used to Beat, Faulks has returned not only to psychiatry, but also to his favourite themes of war, love, philosophy, history, consciousness, and France.