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Faulks was The Independent's founding literary editor, but left in 1991 to write novels full time. He has published more than 15 novels and returns to themes of war and love in his latest work, Where My Heart Used to Beat
No one was more surprised at making the Man Booker shortlist than Sunjeev Sahota. But then he only read his first novel at the age of 18. Andrew McMillan meets a literary sensation