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Faber announces The Lark Ascending by Richard King

Faber is delighted to announce The Lark Ascending by Richard King, the bestselling and critically-acclaimed author of How Soon Is Now? and Original Rockers, for publication on 6 June 2018. Richard King’s new book is a history of the British countryside told through the relationship between music and landscape. Written by one of our most celebrated cultural historians, The Lark Ascending is a…

Faber Members launches an exciting Spring programme and new logo design for the 90th anniversary year

2019 marks Faber & Faber’s ninetieth anniversary as publishers of distinctive literature. To celebrate, Faber Members is delighted to launch a rich Spring programme of events which showcases our remarkable authors and their work, past and present. Man Booker Prize-winner Anna Burns will be in conversation with Editorial Director Louisa Joyner, and will read from…

Extract: We Are Never Meeting in Real Life

Read an essay from Samantha Irby’s New York Times Bestselling collection We Are Never Meeting in Real Life.   In this painfully funny collection, Samantha Irby captures powerful emotional truths while chronicling the rubbish bin she calls her life. From an ill-fated pilgrimage to Nashville to scatter her estranged father’s ashes to awkward sexual encounters…

Disposable Diaries: Sara Gran

Our latest ‘Disposable Diaries’ comes from Sara Gran, author of the novels Dope, Come Closer, Saturn’s Return to New York and three novels about Claire DeWitt, a talented but troubled private detective. The third and most recent instalment in the series, The Infinite Blacktop, is set partly in Los Angeles, and through a series of photographs taken in…

Christmas Reading List

All I want for Christmas . . . From eccentric memoirs and epic novels to beautiful books and powerful poetry. Here’s what we’re reading, recommending and gifting this winter. Ruby Bamber, Senior Sales Operations Executive The book you can’t wait to read this Christmas I’m going to treat myself to The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver…

Faber announces The Rise of the Ultra Runners

Guardian Faber is delighted to announce the acquisition of The Rise of the Ultra Runners: A Journey to the Edge of Human Endurance by award-winning author Adharanand Finn. Guardian Faber acquired UK & Commonwealth rights plus Canada and EU from Oli Munson at A.M. Heath and will publish in May 2019. The Rise of the Ultra Runners is an electrifying and inspiring account of one of the toughest sports…

Pebble spotting with The Pebbles on the Beach

KEY TO IMAGES: 1 Ovoid pebble of grey granite 2 Grey granite with one surface cut and polished 3 Pebble of schist with one surface cut and polished. The laminations are more clearly seen on an uncut surface 4 Flattened ovoid pebble of crystalline limestone [unpolished] 5 Fragment of whitish chert. Its angularities show that…

Celebrating W. S. Graham

To mark 100 years since the birth of the poet W. S. Graham, here is a selection of images and quotations to celebrate his life and work.

 

W. S. Graham in the Gurnard’s Head Hotel, 1958. Copyright © the Estate of Michael Seward Snow, 2018.

WSG Postcard: hand decorated, depicting ‘Malcolm Mooney’s Land’. Copyright © the Estate of W. S. Graham, 2018. All rights reserved.

 

WSG Makars’ Court: Memorial stone unveiled by Jackie Kay (Scots Makar) in the Makars’ Court, Edinburgh, June 2018. Photograph courtesy of David Lindsay.

WSG Artwork 1: Copyright © the Estate of W. S. Graham, 2018. All rights reserved.

Loch Thom: The draft of ‘Loch Thom’ is an intermediate draft. The completed poem can be found in W.S. Graham, New Selected Poems (Faber, 2018). Image copyright © the Estate of W. S. Graham, 2018. All rights reserved.

   

W. S. Graham with foxgloves and Zennor Hill in the background, 1958. Copyright © the Estate of Michael Seward Snow, 2018.

  

Untidy Dreadful Table: The annotated draft of ‘Untidy Dreadful Table’ represents the final draft of the poem which can be found in W. S. Graham, New Collected Poems (Faber, 2004). Image copyright © the Estate of W. S. Graham, 2018. All rights reserved.

 

WSG writing table: this photo goes with the poem manuscript of ‘Untidy Dreadful Table’ above.

W. S. Graham with Gurnard’s Head in the background, 1958. Copyright © the Estate of Michael Seward Snow, 2018.

 

WSG Artwork 2, Self Portrait: Copyright © the Estate of W.S. Graham, 2018. All rights reserved.

 

 

W. S. Graham in the Gurnard’s Head Hotel, 1958. Copyright © the Estate of Michael Seward Snow, 2018.

 

W. S. Graham with his father, Alexander Graham, Princes Pier, Greenock, 1933. Photographer unknown. Reproduced by kind permission of Rosalind Mudaliar, the Estate of W. S. Graham.

W. S. Graham in the Gurnard’s Head Hotel, 1958. Copyright © the Estate of Michael Seward Snow, 2018.

 

All quotes, unless otherwise stated, are taken from W. S. Graham’s New Selected Poems (Faber & Faber, 2018). Cover image: W. S. Graham, with his painting on glass, in the Old Coastguard Cottage, Gurnard’s Head, 1958. Copyright © the Estate of Michael Seward Snow, 2018.

Read the poem ‘To Alexander Graham’, a poem that W. S. Graham wrote addressed to his father, in full here.