An Open Letter to Morrissey

Dear Morrissey, In the hope that you might consider bringing your much-rumoured memoir to The House of Eliot, I am posting this letter on the Faber website. Forlorn as this hope may be, I can only fantasise that at least you might read my letter through and consider the pleasures and prestige of being an…

Paul Dirac: The Strangest Man

Graham Farmelo’s The Strangest Man is the first full biography of Paul Dirac, the greatest British physicist since Newton – and one of the strangest geniuses of the twentieth century. It’s very rare for a science book to win the Costa (or Whitbread as it used to be) Biography Award, but that’s just what Graham…

Faber New Poets Video Diary: Day 3, Oxford

It’s Wednesday 14th October, day three of the Faber New Poets tour and the poets arrive in Oxford, where they spend the day getting ready for the evening’s performance at St Edmund Hall. They’re to be joined by Bernard O’Donoghue – the Bill Clinton of poetry – and there’s a first sighting (the first of…

Faber New Poets Video Diary: Day 2, Cambridge

It’s Tuesday 13th October 2009 – day two of the week-long tour, and the Faber New Poets – Fiona Benson, Toby Martinez de las Rivas, Heather Phillipson and Jack Underwood – say goodbye to Norwich and head for Cambridge. Phillipson is sceptical; Martinez de las Rivas has long eye-lashes; Benson knows what’s going on; Hollis…

Faber New Poets Video Diary: Day 1, Norwich

Funded by Arts Council England, Faber New Poets set out with the aim to identify and support emerging talents at an early stage in their careers. As Faber Poetry Editor Matthew Hollis puts it, it’s a traditional, three-pronged publishing package, comprising: Mentorship A Bursary First publication in pamphlet form The Tour Begins The first four…

Tobias Jones Presents The Salati Case

Tobias Jones’s first book for Faber was The Dark Heart of Italy (2006), his critically acclaimed exposé of the darker side of Italian life, the flip side of la dolce vita, a nation riddled with corruption and political skullduggery – an anti-tourist guide. For his second book Tobias went in search of the good life…