Alan Bennett In Defence of Libraries

Who can measure what passes between a book and a reader? Discovering, say, Proust, Auden, Ishiguro, don’t you feel like the first even though you know you’re not? Doesn’t the impossibility of quantifying this experience – and the frequent failure to explain it – make it priceless, democratic, enduring? Have the government considered any of…

Jarvis Cocker: Mother, Brother, Lover

Faber is excited to announce Jarvis Cocker’s Mother, Brother, Lover: Selected Lyrics publishing in October 2011. In an interview with Faber Publishing Director Lee Brackstone, Jarvis discusses lyric-writing, his inspiration, habits and thoughts on publishing his first collection.     The post Jarvis Cocker: Mother, Brother, Lover appeared first on The Thought Fox.

The Good of the Novel: Part Two

Our The Good of the Novel discussion continues with pieces from three book bloggers: novelist and playwright Elizabeth Baines, aka FictionBitch, avid reader and blogger Paperback Reader, and bookseller and blogger Catherine Hawley, aka Juxtabook. FictionBitch on The Complexity of the Novel When an idea comes to me, I will always know immediately whether it’s a novel…

The Good of the Novel: Part One

What makes a novel a novel? How does the language used in a novel create a world different from that of drama or poetry? What kinds of truth can be told uniquely by the novel? And what role can the literary critic play in the egalitarian age of the Internet? These are the questions addressed…

June’s New Crop of Faber Finds!

Illustrator Abigail Larson’s brilliant imagining of Mary Shelley side-by-side with her legendary creation, Frankenstein’s Monster Now available for order in Finds are: FICTION The Stories of William SansomA Solitary War, Lucifer Before Sunrise, and The Gale of the World by Henry WilliamsonAll Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams NON-FICTION Mary Shelley by Miranda SeymourOne Man and…

David Peace on Eoin McNamee

A great endorsement for Eoin McNamee’s Orchid Blue (now in paperback) from David Peace, who also shares his admiration for the writing of the late Gordon Burn … David Peace writes … Two books have influenced and inspired my own writing more than any others; Alma Cogan by Gordon Burn and Resurrection Man by Eoin…