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Faber & Faber

Faber & Faber

ISBN
9780571339044
Published
02/05/2019
9780571339044
Format
Hardback
Price
£20.00
Paperback
448

About the Book

First published to celebrate Faber’s 90th anniversary, this is the story of one of the world’s greatest publishing houses – a delight for all readers who are curious about the business of writing.

'A striking drama.'
SUNDAY TIMES

'Never less than fascinating.'
DAILY TELEGRAPH

'This book will fascinating anyone with an interest in twentieh-century literature . . . a treasure trove.'
SCOTSMAN

'The details here do consistently shine.'
NEW YORK TIMES

'Ingeniously compiled . . . charming and quirky'
EVENING STANDARD

Told in its own words, this is the story of one of the world’s greatest publishers, capturing the excitement, hopes and fears of the people who published and wrote the books that line our shelves today. Including archive material from T. S. Eliot, Samuel Beckett, Seamus Heaney, P. D. James, Kazuo Ishiguro and Philip Larkin, this is both a vibrant history and a hymn to the role of literature in all our lives.

First published to celebrate Faber’s 90th anniversary, this is the story of one of the world’s greatest publishing houses – a delight for all readers who are curious about the business of writing.'A striking drama.'SUNDAY TIMES'Never less than fascinating.'DAILY TELEGRAPH'This book will fascinating anyone with an interest in twentieh-century literature . . . a treasure trove.'SCOTSMAN'The details here do consistently shine.'NEW YORK TIMES'Ingeniously compiled . . . charming and quirky'EVENING STANDARDTold in its own words, this is the story of one of the world’s greatest publishers, capturing the excitement, hopes and fears of the people who published and wrote the books that line our shelves today. Including archive material from T. S. Eliot, Samuel Beckett, Seamus Heaney, P. D. James, Kazuo Ishiguro and Philip Larkin, this is both a vibrant history and a hymn to the role of literature in all our lives.
“The creation story of Faber itself is a striking drama . . . What stays in the mind are some brilliant vignettes: Monteith writing to the Travellers’ Club secretary to apologise for his lunch guest Thom Gunn’s fringed leather jacket and cowboy boots (“Mr Gunn has for the last few years lived in California”); CP Snow’s insufferable conceit (“Impress on your people that I am unusually readable for a serious novelist, and that quite simple people find it so”); and Geoffrey Faber, fire watching in the 1940s and, from the Faber roof, seeing London ablaze.”
- Sunday Times
“A quirky history of the firm that has an unrivalled author roster . . . This is not a conventional chronological tale; Faber dips liberally and entertainingly into the company archives, reproduces letters and previously unseen photographs, as well as forays into jacket design and his own memories to paint a vivid picture of a publishing.”
- New Statesman