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Faber to publish US comedian Samantha Irby’s We Are Never Meeting in Real Life in January 2019

   ‘Irby’s essays are by turns eye-wateringly hilarious and down-to-earth and authentic, delivering emotional punches that tell us about what it is to be human. An utterly talented and wickedly funny writer who deserves every success.’ Nikesh Shukla As a writer and performer, Samantha Irby is a force of nature. Irby rose to prominence with her filthy, devastating and hilarious blog bitches gotta…

Faber announces unpublished Sylvia Plath story

Faber will publish ‘Mary Ventura and the Ninth Kingdom’, a previously unpublished story by Sylvia Plath, as part of the landmark Faber Stories series to celebrate the company’s 90th anniversary. ‘Mary Ventura and the Ninth Kingdom’ was written by Plath as an assignment in December 1952, when she was a third-year student at Smith College….

‘The Prophet’ by Ted Hughes

This is the last poem that Ted Hughes was working on before his death in 1998. It is a translation of Pushkin’s ‘The Prophet’. The Prophet  Crazed by my soul’s thirst Through a dark land I staggered, And a six-winged seraph Halted me at a crossroads. With fingers of dream He touched my eye-pupils. My…

Bake Off with Gordon Burn

By Lee Brackstone Gordon Burn is not a hard person to talk about, or make sense of, in the world we find ourselves in nine years after his death. He comes up often in my engagement on social media; a ghostly afterlife that may have fascinated someone who was so engaged with how the media…

Read an extract from Anna Burns’s Man Booker Prize-shortlisted novel Milkman

Anna Burns’s Man Booker-shortlisted novel, Milkman, is a powerful fictional account set during in Northern Ireland during the Troubles. The story is told through the voice of a teenage girl known only as middle sister, who is coming of age in the most arduous of circumstances. She is doing her best to negotiate the burdening suspicion…

Barbara Kingsolver’s tour, November 2018

Join Barbara Kingsolver on tour this November to celebrate the publication of Unsheltered   Southbank Centre, Royal Festival Hall Monday 12 November, 7.30 p.m. www.southbankcentre.co.uk   St Michael & All Angels Church, Brighton, in association with City Books Tuesday 13 November, 7 p.m. 01273 725306 / info@city-books.co.uk   Heswall Hall, Wirral, in partnership with Linghams Books…