Adam Rutherford Meets Sebastian Faulks | How To Academy

Wed, 13 September 2023

6:45 pm - 8:00 pm GMT

Adam Rutherford Meets Sebastian Faulks

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The worldwide bestseller and author of Birdsong joins geneticist Adam Rutherford for a profound examination of what it means to be human.

Both a literary adept who effortlessly dissects the human condition and a master storyteller able to transport us to the horrors of battle of the Somme or a gunfight with James Bond, into a Victorian asylum, or across London on the cusp of financial Armageddon, Sebastian Faulks is one of the finest living British novelists.

Now the award-winning author of nineteen wildly acclaimed novels including A Week in December, Charlotte Gray and Human Traces joins How To Academy to explore the brave new worlds of genetic engineering, big tech, and the boundaries of ethics. In conversation with Adam Rutherford, Sebastian will reveal The Seventh Son, a bravura new novel asking the question: just because you can do something, does it mean you should?

When a young American academic Talissa Adam offers to carry another woman’s child, she has no idea of the life-changing consequences. Behind the doors of the Parn Institute, a billionaire entrepreneur plans to stretch the boundaries of ethics as never before. Through a series of IVF treatments, which they hope to keep secret, they propose an experiment that will upend the human race as we know it.

Seth, the baby, is delivered to hopeful parents Mary and Alaric, but when his differences start to mark him out from his peers, he begins to attract unwanted attention.

Sweeping between New York, London, and the Scottish Highlands, this is an extraordinary novel about unrequited love and unearned power.

This event is presented in partnership with Penguin.

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Sebastian Faulks

Bestselling Novelist

Sebastian Faulks has written nineteen books, of which A Week in December and The Fatal Englishman were number one in the Sunday Times bestseller lists. He is best known for Birdsong, part of his French trilogy, and Human Traces, the first in an ongoing Austrian trilogy. Before becoming a full-time writer, he worked as a journalist on national papers. He has also written screenplays and has appeared in small roles on stage. He lives in London.

Adam Rutherford

Geneticist and Science Writer

Adam Rutherford is a geneticist, science writer, and broadcaster. He studied genetics at University College London, and during his PhD on the developing eye, he was part of a team that identified the first known genetic cause of a form of childhood blindness. As well as writing for the science pages of The Guardian, he has written and presented many award-winning series and programs for the BBC as well as multiple books.