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Faber presents Bessie Smith by Jackie Kay

A portrait of the tempestuous life of the pioneering and iconic blues singer by Scotland’s National Poet.   ‘[Bessie Smith] showed me the air and taught me how to fill it … she’s the reason I started singing, really’ – Janis Joplin Bessie Smith was born in Tennessee in 1894. Orphaned by the age of…

New Alan Bennett Talking Heads book for this autumn

Faber and Profile Books are delighted to announce the joint acquisition of two new Alan Bennett Talking Heads monologues. These new additions to the acclaimed and much-loved series will be published together as Two Besides, first as an ebook on 8 July and then in a beautiful hardback edition on 15 October. Each, in its…

Nicola Upson remembers P. D. James

As part of our celebrations for the centenary of P. D. James’ birth, author of the Josephine Tey novels Nicola Upson shares her memories of the crime writing icon.   There’s a pen pot on my desk that means the world to me, a mug in the shape of a rabbit’s face, with eyes that…

The Double X Economy Quiz

How much do you know about gender equality in the global economy? Find out below . . .     The Double X Economy by Linda Scott describes both the shocking gender inequalities built into the global economy and the collective power of women that could be harnessed to turn these around and combat humankind’s most…

Faber Radio Presents Billy Bragg’s In the Country of Country.

‘Did you ever see Dallas from a DC9 at night? Country music has the ability to take the mundane and make it seem magical, to elevate the yearnings of ordinary folk into something Shakespearean. Yes, it can be sentimental, but it’s never schmaltzy.   At its best, it taps into the existential struggles of isolated…

What we’re reading this summer

Have you been stuck in a reading rut over lockdown? We’ve asked Faber staff which books they’ve been enjoying and what they’re looking forward to reading over the summer.   Mel Tyrrell, Regional Sales Manager   Girl, Woman, Other Bernardine Evaristo I’d been waiting for my local indie bookshop to open so that I could…

Announcing Sweet Dreams: The Story of the New Romantics.

Dylan Jones’s definitive history of the Blitz Kids, Synth-Pop and the Style Press from 1975 to 1985.   Sweet Dreams charts the rise of the New Romantics, a scene that grew out of the remnants of post-punk and developed quickly alongside club culture, ska, electronica, and goth. One of the most creative entrepreneurial periods since…

Announcing Robert Wyatt and Alfie Benge, Side by Side.

Presenting the life’s work of two of British music’s most unique and timeless artists, with an introduction by Jarvis Cocker.   Side by Side presents the lyrics, poems, writings and drawings of innovative musician Robert Wyatt and his creative partner, English painter and songwriter Alfie Benge. Artist and collaborator Brian Eno said ‘Whenever an aspiring…

Amelia Gentleman reads from her Orwell Prize shortlisted book The Windrush Betrayal

‘[Gentleman’s] reporting proves why an independent press is so vital.’ Reni Eddo-Lodge ‘A timely reminder of what truly great journalists can achieve.’ David Olusoga ‘It is impossible to overstate the importance of this heartbreaking book.’ James O’Brien Amelia Gentleman’s exposé of the Windrush scandal shocked the nation, and led to the resignation of Amber Rudd…

Pre-order Akwaeke Emezi’s The Death of Vivek Oji

The captivating, complex and mercurial new novel from the author of Freshwater.   They burned down the market on the day Vivek Oji died. One afternoon, a mother opens her front door to find the length of her son’s body stretched out on the veranda, swaddled in akwete material, his head on her welcome mat….

Faber announces a chilling new collection of stories from John Lanchester

Faber to publish Reality, and Other Stories by John Lanchester   Faber will publish Reality, and Other Stories by John Lanchester, the Sunday Times bestselling author of The Wall, on 1 October. Alex Bowler, Publisher, acquired UK and Commonwealth rights, plus EU, excluding Canada, from Caradoc King at United Agents. Lanchester’s first book of shorter fiction is a gathering of modern ghost stories and uncanny contemporary tales. Alex Bowler said:…

Faber acquires Matthew Williams’s The Science of Hate

Associate publisher, Laura Hassan, acquired WAL rights from Anwen Hooson at Bird Literary Agency.  Publication is scheduled for March 2021. Why do people commit hate crimes? A world-leading criminologist explores the tipping point between prejudice and hate crime, analysing human behaviour across the globe and throughout history in this vital book. As a Professor of Criminology with…