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Jonathan Sumption: 44 Years Writing About Europe’s Longest War
Jonathan Sumption: 44 Years Writing About Europe’s Longest War

As Volume 5 of his survey of the Hundred Years War is published, Jonathan Sumption tells the story of an …

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Seamus Heaney’s Poetry: 12 Poems from 12 Collections
Seamus Heaney’s Poetry: 12 Poems from 12 Collections

To mark the tenth anniversary of Seamus Heaney’s death and to celebrate his extraordinary legacy, we share a poem from …

Disposable Camera Diaries: A Novelist’s Research Trip
Disposable Camera Diaries: A Novelist’s Research Trip

Many writers tread the path of their protagonists to immerse themselves in a sense of place. Novelist Louise Doughty shares …

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Nightwood Introduced by Jeanette Winterson
Nightwood Introduced by Jeanette Winterson

Jeanette Winterson introduces Djuna Barnes's masterpiece of literary modernism and reflects on the enduring influence of this queer classic.

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Watch: The Farmer’s Wife and Life on Helen Rebanks’s Lake District Farm
Watch: The Farmer’s Wife and Life on Helen Rebanks’s Lake District Farm

In celebration of the publication of Helen Rebanks's memoir, The Farmer's Wife, we visited the farmhouse to delve into the …

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Extract: Exiles by William Atkins
Extract: Exiles by William Atkins

Read an extract from Exiles: Three Island Journeys, William Atkins's exploration of exile, the people who have experienced it, and …

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Standing at the Gallows: Metafiction, True Crime and Writing Violence
Standing at the Gallows: Metafiction, True Crime and Writing Violence

Is it possible to write – or read – about true crime and violence without exploiting its victims? Writer Katie …

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Graphic Novels for Adults: A Faber Introduction
Graphic Novels for Adults: A Faber Introduction

Angus Cargill, Publishing Director and editor of Faber’s graphic novels list, picks some of his favourite titles from this fast-growing …

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Extract: Avalon by Nell Zink
Extract: Avalon by Nell Zink

Read an extract from Nell Zink's Avalon, a wild, blackly funny story of female emancipation and the journey to one’s …

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Long Read: John Harris’s Introduction to The Creation Records Story
Long Read: John Harris’s Introduction to The Creation Records Story

Read the new foreword to David Cavanagh's The Creation Records Story by John Harris, exclusive to the Faber Journal.

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The Treasures of Literature: The Bindery, Hatton Garden and its Purlieux
The Treasures of Literature: The Bindery, Hatton Garden and its Purlieux

This spring Faber moved into its new home at The Bindery in Hatton Garden, an historic part of London. Matthew …

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Faber Remembers Milan Kundera
Faber Remembers Milan Kundera

While best known for his novels, Milan Kundera was also a poet, essayist, critic and philosopher, making him a rare …

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Long Read Extract: I Am Homeless If This Is Not My Home by Lorrie Moore
Long Read Extract: I Am Homeless If This Is Not My Home by Lorrie Moore

To celebrate the publication of I Am Homeless If This Is Not My Home, Lorrie Moore’s first novel in fourteen …

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Members Only Beyond Measure: Behind The Book
Beyond Measure: Behind The Book

Read James Vincent on Beyond Measure: The Hidden History of Measurement, a revelatory and vibrant story of measurement which will …

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Illustrated Long Read: The Black Eden by Richard T. Kelly
Illustrated Long Read: The Black Eden by Richard T. Kelly

Richard T. Kelly gives an insight into the research that went into his soulful, sweeping novel set against the backdrop …

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Behind the Book: Lucy Caldwell on These Days
Behind the Book: Lucy Caldwell on These Days

Lucy Caldwell describes the inspiration behind These Days which this month won the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction.

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Pride Month: LGBTQI+ Small Presses & Indie Bookshops
Pride Month: LGBTQI+ Small Presses & Indie Bookshops

This June, we asked a number of UK-based small presses and independent bookshops specialising in LGBTQI+ books for their recommendations.

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Members Only Members Independent Bookshops
Members Independent Bookshops

Sorted by region, these are some of our Members' favourite independent bookshops across the UK and the Republic of Ireland.

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What the Dickens: What Does Dickensian Really Mean?
What the Dickens: What Does Dickensian Really Mean?

Writer Jessica White takes on the complicated history of Dickensian tales, from unauthorised contemporary adaptations to Barbara Kingsolver's Women's Prize-winning …

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Book Cover Design: Big Swiss by Jen Beagin
Book Cover Design: Big Swiss by Jen Beagin

Big Swiss, the ‘the funniest book you will read in 2023’, has a book jacket with a big personality. Kishan …

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Extract: The Lyrics of Fleet Foxes
Extract: The Lyrics of Fleet Foxes

Read an extract from Wading In Waste High Water, the Afterword by the band's songwriter and vocalist Robin Pecknold.

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Disposable Camera Diaries: Una Mannion
Disposable Camera Diaries: Una Mannion

Una Mannion, author of Tell Me What I Am, shares the places around Philadelphia and Lake Champlain Vermont which inspired …

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Behind the Books: Succession – The Scripts
Behind the Books: Succession – The Scripts

Steve King shares the behind-the-scenes process of bringing the script for TV sensation Succession onto the printed page.

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Book Cover Design: Termush for Faber Editions
Book Cover Design: Termush for Faber Editions

Robbie Porter, the cover designer for the newest release on the Faber Editions list, Termush by Sven Holm, shares his …

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Members Only Extract: Oscar and Lucinda by Peter Carey
Extract: Oscar and Lucinda by Peter Carey

Daring, rich, intense and bizarre, Oscar and Lucinda is Peter Carey’s Booker Prize-winning historical novel set in Victorian times.

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‘We’re Lighting Up The Nation’ by Daljit Nagra
‘We’re Lighting Up The Nation’ by Daljit Nagra

Read Dalit Nagra’s poem commissioned for the Coronation Concert’s ‘Lighting up the Nation’ live sequence.

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‘An Unexpected Guest’ by Simon Armitage
‘An Unexpected Guest’ by Simon Armitage

Read Poet Laureate Simon Armitage's poem for the coronation of His Majesty Charles III.

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Short Story: My Stepmother’s Husband by Aurora Venturini
Short Story: My Stepmother’s Husband by Aurora Venturini

On the occasion of the publication of the first English translation of her literary masterpiece, Cousins, read an exclusive short …

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Members Only Extract: Among Others by Michael Frayn
Extract: Among Others by Michael Frayn

It’s the other people around you, says Michael Frayn, who make you what you are. Read an extract from his …

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Extract: Soldier Sailor by Claire Kilroy
Extract: Soldier Sailor by Claire Kilroy

Read an extract from Claire Kilroy's first novel in a decade, Soldier Sailor, an urgent, memorable, gut-wrenching novel about motherhood, …

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Disposable Camera Diaries: Samantha Allen
Disposable Camera Diaries: Samantha Allen

Samantha Allen, author of Patricia Wants to Cuddle, a ‘one-of-a-kind queer horror comedy’, shares her inspiration via a disposable camera.

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The Premonitions Bureau Request
The Premonitions Bureau Request

What if you had a vision that something terrible was going to happen? A train crash, a department store fire, …

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Extract: A Kidnapped West by Milan Kundera
Extract: A Kidnapped West by Milan Kundera

Read an extract from Milan Kundera's essay collection, A Kidnapped West, out now in hardback.

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Book Cover Design: Max Porter’s Grief Is the Thing with Feathers
Book Cover Design: Max Porter’s Grief Is the Thing with Feathers

Book designer and illustrator Eleanor Crow tells the story of how the jacket for Max Porter's beloved first novel, Grief …

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The Enchantment Project: Your Enchanted Places
The Enchantment Project: Your Enchanted Places

To mark the publication of Katherine May’s Enchantment: Reawakening Wonder in an Exhausted Age, we asked you where you find …

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