Welcome to the Telegraph’s new books podcast, My Life in Books.

In this series some of Britain’s favourite novelists – Jojo Moyes, Marian Keyes and Louis de Bernières – discuss their lives, childhoods and careers, as well as the three books that shaped them.

For the third episode in the series, we welcome one of Britain’s best-loved novelists, Sebastian Faulks, who has written 14 novels including Engleby, Human Traces and Birdsong, which was turned into a television drama starring Eddie Redmayne. 

In this episode, Faulks talks about meeting his wife Veronica at work, his rebellious teenage years at Cambridge (‘I went to two lectures in three years’) – and how Martin Amis shaped his career as a novelist.

He also opens up about the death of his grandfather, who was a Telegraph journalist and served in both the First World War and Second World War.