A statement in support of Tsitsi Dangarembga

‘Friends. Here is a principle. If you want your suffering to end, you have to act. Action comes from hope. This is the principle of faith and action.’ Tsitsi Dangarembga, before her arrest on 31 July 2020 On 31 July, President Mnangagwa deployed heavily armed soldiers and police onto the streets of the Zimbabwean capital city,…

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…

The View From My Window | Claire McGlasson

No matter where you live, coronavirus has altered daily life. We’ve asked Faber authors to share a snapshot of their lives in lockdown. I felt seen. Sitting at my desk in the writing shed in my garden in rural Cambridgeshire, I usually find solitude and seclusion. Stepping across the dewed lawn in my pyjamas at…

The View From My Window | Nickolas Butler

No matter where you live, coronavirus has altered daily life. We’ve asked Faber authors to share a snapshot of their lives in lockdown. TWO WINDOWS AND A VISTA OF WISCONSIN My family and I live on sixteen acres about ten miles south of Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Our property is a bite-sized former chunk of a…

The View from My Window | Graham Farmelo

No matter where you live, coronavirus has altered daily life. We’ve asked Faber authors to share a snapshot of their lives in lockdown. The Internet is the most grievously unsung hero of the coronavirus crisis. Over the past few weeks, the media has focused on the everyday inconveniences of the near-global lockdown and the loneliness…

The View from My Window | Miriam Darlington

No matter where you live, coronavirus has altered daily life. We’ve asked Faber authors to share a snapshot of their lives in lockdown. The garden outside my window has been moistened by a soft but welcome change. Misting rain and photosynthesis have soaked everything in green, as if the fuse of May has been lit….

Mental Health Awareness Week | A Reading List

Mental Health Awareness Week runs 18–24 May. We’ve pulled together a range of books – from poetry to non-fiction, novels to children’s stories – that engage with mental health or that provide comfort and inspiration.  For more information or advice, do visit the Mental Health Foundation website: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/mental-health-awareness-week   This Book Will Change Your Mind…

The View from My Window | Tom Bouman

No matter where you live, coronavirus has altered daily life. We’ve asked Faber authors to share a snapshot of their lives in lockdown. In a different time I attended a lecture by Seamus Heaney on translation. His Beowulf had just been published. Here is how he described his different approaches to translation: raids and settlements. Raids…

The View from My Window | Madeline Stevens

What I do now is listen. The streets are not empty. The streets are still filled with people. Four of them sleep, spread out on the sidewalk, across the street from my window each night. Sometimes I hear coughing, an endless stream of coughing. Sometimes a man walks up and down the streets at two…

The View from My Window | Chris Pavone

No matter where you live, coronavirus has altered daily life. We’ve asked Faber authors to share a snapshot of their lives in lockdown. On Friday 13 March we packed our suitcases with clothing and textbooks and novels and sports gear and computers and shelf-stable kitchen staples, loaded the car and fled Manhattan for our vacation home…

The View from My Window | Sue Prideaux

No matter where you live, coronavirus has altered daily life. We’ve asked Faber authors to share a snapshot of their lives. Nietzsche said: ‘Whatever doesn’t kill me makes me stronger.’ Whenever I get stuck writing, I look hard at the crocodile. If that doesn’t work, I go past him for a walk. Luckily it usually does…

Writers in Residence | Just Before Lockdown, from Alison White

In Alison White’s memoir, Letter to Louis, we share in the first eighteen years of her son Louis’s life. From his precarious beginning to the traumas and joys of toddlerdom – when many were convinced that Louis would neither walk nor talk – Alison guides us lovingly through Louis’s childhood years. Through the book we come to…

Writers in Residence | Management tips for lockdown from Bev Thomas

Clinical psychologist and Faber author Bev Thomas shares with us seven tips for line managers adapting to leading a team while in lockdown. These are testing times for everyone, but managing your team through this crisis can be especially challenging. I’ve been working with teams for over twenty years and have come up with seven…

The View from My Window | Alexandra Harris

No matter where you live, coronavirus has altered daily life. We’ve asked Faber authors to share a snapshot of their lives. Here’s my centre of operations, in the front bedroom of my house in East Oxford. It’s a new set-up for the new times. This room is usually rented out, but it’s just me in…