Faber announces masterful new novel by Claire Keegan, one of Ireland’s great writers

Faber announces Small Things Like These, a beautiful and delicately wrought short novel by Claire Keegan. The novel will be published in Autumn 2021. Alex Bowler acquired UK and Commonwealth rights from Felicity Blunt at Curtis Brown.   Alex Bowler, Publisher, said: An exquisite wintery parable, Claire Keegan’s long-awaited return tells the story of a simple act of…

What we’re reading this autumn

Autumn is here, bringing colder weather and a whole load of new books to covet. If you’re wondering what to add to your TBR pile next, we’ve asked Faber staff what they’re reading and recommending this season.   Katie Hall, Marketing Director Anna Karenina Leo Tolstoy Flake Matthew Dooley At the moment I’m reading Anna…

Louisa Joyner and Alex Bowler respond to the Women’s Prize announcement

For the past quarter of a century, the Women’s Prize for Fiction has been an immensely powerful and dynamic force for good. And writers we publish have benefited enormously from the Prize’s support.   However, it appears that since the longlisting of Akwaeke Emezi’s Freshwater in 2019, the Prize has changed its rules, as the…

Faber Radio presents Dylan Jones

Tune in to Dylan Jones’s synth-heavy New Romantics playlist.   “Punk. Soul. New Romantics. Synth pop. What worlds they were. Sweet Dreams is the story of how these worlds and narratives inter- linked, and how they were all undeniably helixed together. The original New Romantic scene revolved around self-expression, being a platform for identity. Today…

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,…

Gabriel Bergmoser on his top horror films

To celebrate the publication of his debut novel, we asked The Hunted author Gabriel Bergmoser which horror movies have made an impact on his writing.   In writing The Hunted, I drew inspiration (read: stole) from many different sources, predominantly the horror films that blew my mind as a teenager. There was a particular thrill…

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…