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Shell Life on the Seashore

Illustrations by Amanda Dilworth taken from Shell Life on the Seashore by Philip Street, first published in 1962 and reissued in August 2019 with a fold-out jacket and a new introduction by Philip Hoare. Shells not shown to scale 1 Common limpet (Patella vulgata) 2 Blue-rayed limpet (Patella pellucida) 3 Keyhole limpet (Diodora graeca) 4…

Sue Prideaux wins the 2019 Hawthornden Prize for Literature

I Am Dynamite!: A Life of Friedrich Nietzsche by Sue Prideaux has been awarded the 2019 Hawthornden Prize for Literature. Dame Hermione Lee, the head judge, said ‘the Hawthornden Prize judges all agreed that (in a very strong year for the prize) this magnificent biography of a very strange and difficult subject is wonderfully well-written, lucid…

Faber announces ‘full blooded’ Australian debut Sunburnt Country

Faber will publish Sunburnt Country or The Hunted (title TBC), the debut novel by 27-year-old Australian author Gabriel Bergmoser. Angus Cargill, Editorial Director, bought UK and Comm excluding Aus/NZ/Canada rights, from Cathryn Summerhayes at Curtis Brown. The book is scheduled for publication in late summer 2020. Sunburnt Country has already been optioned for film by…

Faber announces a new novel from Eimear McBride

Faber is delighted to announce a major work of fiction from Eimear McBride. Alex Bowler, Publisher, acquired UK and Commonwealth Rights (excluding Canada) from Tracy Bohan at the Wylie Agency. Publication is scheduled for February 2020. Farrar, Straus and Giroux will publish the novel in the US and McClelland & Stewart in Canada. A nameless woman enters…

Faber announces Stewart Lee’s March of the Lemmings

Faber & Faber is delighted to announce a new book from multiple British Comedy Award and BAFTA winning comedian and writer Stewart Lee, March of the Lemmings, publishing on 5 September to coincide with a new touring show, Snowflake/Tornado. As a Metropolitan Elitist Snowflake, Stewart Lee was disappointed by the Brexit referendum result of 2016. But he knew…

90th Anniversary Reading List

In celebration of our ninetieth anniversary this year, current Faber staff members have been given the tricky task of selecting their three favourite Faber books. Find out which books have made their mark from ninety years of publishing.   Hayley Sothinathan, Faber Members Manager The Sense of Movement by Thom Gunn I stumbled on this collection…

Faber to publish new book by bestselling writing duo E. Foley and B. Coates

Faber & Faber have signed the ‘fabulous’ new book by bestselling writing duo E. Foley and B. Coates. On behalf of Editorial Director Laura Hassan – currently on maternity leave – Louisa Joyner acquired World All Languages rights directly from the authors. You Goddess! Lessons in Being Legendary from Awesome Immortals takes us on a colourful tour of world…

Francesca Simon to Give the Gift of Goats

The bestselling author donates to the charity Shivia, in celebration of the publication of her new picture book, The Goat Café.   Francesca Simon has donated £750 to support four families become goat farmers in West Bengal, through the charity Shivia, in celebration of her brand-new picture book, with Leo Broadley, The Goat Café. All of…

Simon Armitage is appointed Poet Laureate for the United Kingdom

‘It’s a huge honour to be appointed Poet Laureate, one of the great high offices of literature. Over the past two decades the laureateship has become a working role, with previous laureates actively involved in the promotion of poetry and in numerous initiatives to identify and encourage talent, especially within education and among younger writers;…

Faber Children’s to publish Akwaeke Emezi’s debut YA novel, Pet

Faber Children’s have acquired the rights to Akwaeke Emezi’s debut YA novel Pet, which asks the important question – how do you save the world from monsters if no one will admit they exist? Annie Eaton, covering for Faber Children’s Publisher Leah Thaxton, acquired UK and Commonwealth rights from Alba Ziegler-Bailey and Ekin Oklap at…