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What we’re reading this spring

Find out what Faber staff are reading and recommending this season. From epic young adult fiction to essays on gardening, we’ve got your spring reading covered.   Stephen Page, Executive Chair This One Sky Day Leone Ross This superb novel explodes with life from the first page. Taking place during a single day on the imagined…

Faber acquires new novel from John Banville

Faber has acquired April in Spain, the sumptuous, sun-kissed follow up to the bestselling Snow from the Booker Prize-winning author John Banville.   Publishing Director Angus Cargill acquired UK and Commonwealth rights (excluding Canada) from Alba Ziegler-Bailey at the Wylie Agency. Faber will publish on 7 October 2021. In the idyllic city of San Sebastián on…

Quiz: Do you know why people commit hate crimes?

In The Science of Hate, Professor Matthew Williams explores the tipping point between prejudice and hate. Find out how much you know about hate in our quiz . . .     Are our brains wired to hate? Does online hate incite violence on the streets? With hate crimes at an all-time high, what can…

Faber announces the acquisition of Bill Frisell, Beautiful Dreamer by Philip Watson

Faber announces the acquisition of Bill Frisell, Beautiful Dreamer by Philip Watson, the definitive biography of guitar icon and Grammy Award-winning artist, Bill Frisell, published Spring 2022.  ‘Bill Frisell plays the guitar like Miles Davis played the trumpet.’ The New Yorker Over a period of forty-five years, Bill Frisell has established himself as one of…

Faber acquires new novel from Leïla Slimani

Faber has acquired The Country of Others, the latest novel from French-Moroccan writer Leïla Slimani, the international bestselling author of Lullaby and Adèle.   A bestseller in France, The Country of Others is set between the final years of the Second World War and 1956, when Morocco gained independence from France. It is inspired in part by the story of Slimani’s grandparents, and is the…

Edna O’Brien Honored with France’s Highest Cultural Distinction

Photograph credit: Tom Davies/Jack Mead

Edna O’Brien will be named Commander of the French “Ordre des Arts et Lettres” by Mrs Roselyne Bachelot, French Minister of Culture, on Sunday 7 March during an online ceremony on the eve of International Women’s Day. 

The Order of Arts and Letters awards the talent of Edna O’Brien, a woman of letters, and the struggle of a committed feminist who offered a voice to women around the world, and recognised by many as one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century.

During the ceremony organised by the Cercle Littéraire Irlandais, the French Embassy to Ireland, the Irish Embassy to France and the New-York Irish Centre, Irish Minister of Culture Catherine Martin, Irish writer Colum McCann, Irish actor Gabriel Byrne and Georges Heslin, Director of the New-York Irish Centre, will give testimonials and pay tribute to Edna O’Brien.

Edna O’Brien has built a special relationship with France and the French public both for the quality of her writing but also for her universal struggles which received a particular resonance in France. In 2020, she opened the Avignon Theatre Festival in partnership with France Culture with the reading of her latest novel Girl, a moving story about violence against women, one of her lifelong concerns.

Born and raised in Tuamgraney Co. Clare, Edna O’Brien has received numerous accolades. She is the recipient of many awards including the Irish PEN Lifetime Achievement Award, the American National Arts Gold Medal, the Frank O’Connor Prize, the PEN/Nabokov Award for Achievement in International Literature whose acclaimed work “broke down social and sexual barriers for women in Ireland and beyond”.

In 2019, she was awarded with the highly prestigious Prix Femina special, by an exclusively female jury, a special prize in honour of Edna O’Brien’s entire body of work and making her its first ever non-French recipient.

Taken from the press release from the French Embassy to Ireland

 

Faber to publish new novel by Rachel Cusk

Second Place, the new novel by the internationally acclaimed author of the Outline trilogy, will be published on 6 May in hardback, ebook and audio editions.   Alex Bowler, Publisher, acquired UK & Commonwealth and audio rights from Sarah Chalfant at the Wylie Agency. Farrar, Straus and Giroux will publish simultaneously in the US. A…

Time is all there is: a short film for Eimear McBride’s Strange Hotel

‘This is not her first time in this hotel but she had not expected to return.’ So begins an evocative short film by the filmmaker Eleanor Mortimer, in which Eimear McBride reads from her acclaimed novel Strange Hotel. In Strange Hotel, the third novel from the award-winning author of A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing, a…

Excavate!: The Wonderful and Frightening World of The Fall

Faber presents a definitive insight into the ever-influential world of Mark E. Smith and the Fall, featuring never-before-published essays and ephemera from fans and collectors, edited by Tessa Norton & Bob Stanley. ‘To 50,000 Fall Fans: please buy this inspired & inspiring, profound & provocative, beautiful & bonkers Book of Revelations, choc-stock-full of loving Acts…