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Reading Lists

From seasonal reading picks by the Faber team to creative compilations of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and plays, enjoy our immersive book lists.

What to Read This Summer, 2024
What to Read This Summer, 2024

Whether your bag is escapist fiction or you’ll be stubbornly reading a philosophical tome with your Aperol Spritz this summer, …

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Where to Start Reading: Celia Fremlin
Where to Start Reading: Celia Fremlin

Celia Fremlin was a prolific English writer of prize-winning, spine-chilling mysteries from the 1950s to 1990s. Celebrated by the most …

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The Birth of the Culture Wars: America in the 1930s
The Birth of the Culture Wars: America in the 1930s

James Shapiro shares a list of titles for readers interested in better understanding where our current cultural battles come from …

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Women in Translation Month: A Reading List
Women in Translation Month: A Reading List

August marks Women in Translation month, dedicated to amplifying women writers and translators across the globe.

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Fiction on Tap: Five Famous Pubs in Literature
Fiction on Tap: Five Famous Pubs in Literature

Discover the best pubs in literature, to celebrate Faber’s new edition of the 1940s classic, Back to the Local by …

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Reading List: Talk of the Town
Reading List: Talk of the Town

From X (formerly Twitter) to Bookstagram and Booktok, view our list of books that have been setting social media channels …

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Reading List: Five Short Stories That Made Me
Reading List: Five Short Stories That Made Me

Lucy Caldwell, author of Intimacies and new collection Openings, shares five of her favourite short stories to read, from childhood …

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Reading List: Five Books That Influenced Not Your China Doll
Reading List: Five Books That Influenced Not Your China Doll

Katie Gee Salisbury, author of Not Your China Doll, discusses five books about the American West, entertainment and Hollywood that …

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What to Read this Spring, 2024
What to Read this Spring, 2024

Time for a spring clean of your TBR? The Faber team are emerging from their winter hibernation and taking advantage …

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Where to Start Reading: Deirdre Madden
Where to Start Reading: Deirdre Madden

This week Deirdre Madden was announced as the 2024 recipient of the Windham-Campbell Prize for Fiction.

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New Books Preview: April to June 2024
New Books Preview: April to June 2024

Every three months we bring together all the titles Faber is publishing over the following period. Here's our publishing list …

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Where to Start Reading: Andrew O’Hagan
Where to Start Reading: Andrew O’Hagan

If you’re new to Andrew O’Hagan’s work, and wondering where to start reading, we’ve put together a brief guide to …

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Reading List: England’s Plantagenet Period
Reading List: England’s Plantagenet Period

Caroline Burt and Richard Partington, authors of Arise, England: Six Kings and the Making of the English State, recommend some …

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Members Only Faber Members’ Memories of Childhood Books
Faber Members’ Memories of Childhood Books

Members submitted the children’s books that made a lasting impression on them and why.

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Reading List: Oral History Books
Reading List: Oral History Books

To mark the publication of Jason Okundaye's Revolutionary Acts, we have put together a list of the best oral history …

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Reading List: Claire Kilroy’s Four Books on Motherhood
Reading List: Claire Kilroy’s Four Books on Motherhood

Claire Kilroy, author of Soldier Sailor, recommends four books that reflect the experience of the early years of motherhood.

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Behind the Book: God Complex by Rachael Allen
Behind the Book: God Complex by Rachael Allen

Rachael Allen shares the prose and poetry that inspired God Complex, her second poetry collection.

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The Books to Read to Understand China Today
The Books to Read to Understand China Today

Tania Branigan, author of Red Memory: The Afterlives of China’s Cultural Revolution, picks the books that illuminate contemporary China.

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Five of the World’s Worst Cities – Real and Imagined
Five of the World’s Worst Cities – Real and Imagined

We asked Des Fitzgerald, Author of The City of Today is a Dying Thing, for a list of five notable …

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Food in Literature: A Reading List
Food in Literature: A Reading List

Fiona Williams, author of The House of Broken Bricks, chooses six books in which food plays a powerful role.

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New Books Preview: January to March 2024
New Books Preview: January to March 2024

New year, new books. Find reading ideas for 2024 with our preview of Faber’s new and upcoming releases.

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Members Only Faber Members Books of 2023
Faber Members Books of 2023

This list captures nominations from fellow Faber Members for their book of 2023 — we hope it provides some inspiration …

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Authors’ Books of the Year 2023
Authors’ Books of the Year 2023

We asked some of our authors to pick their favourite book of 2023.

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Reading List: Non-fiction that informed Thomas Keneally’s Fanatic Heart
Reading List: Non-fiction that informed Thomas Keneally’s Fanatic Heart

Award-winning and bestselling historical novelist Thomas Keneally shares with us some of the brilliant non-fiction which has helped shape, inspire …

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What We’re Reading this Christmas, 2023
What We’re Reading this Christmas, 2023

Looking for a book to curl up with by the fire? We asked Faber staff to tell us which books …

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Reading List: 2023 Non Fiction Picks
Reading List: 2023 Non Fiction Picks

We have compiled a list of non-fiction works of note to browse for the history, biography and memoir lover in …

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Reading List: Indie Bookshop Recommendations 2023
Reading List: Indie Bookshop Recommendations 2023

Your local indie bookseller is the perfect person to ask for a book recommendation – they know what’s new better …

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Where to Start Reading: Paul Auster
Where to Start Reading: Paul Auster

Paul Auster is ‘one of the great American prose stylists of our time’ (New York Times). If you’re new to …

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Members Only The Letters of Great Authors and Artists
The Letters of Great Authors and Artists

Authors’ letters provide fascinating insights into the personalities and social context behind some of the greatest works of our time.

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Members Only Black History Month: Groundbreaking Contemporary Fiction by Women
Black History Month: Groundbreaking Contemporary Fiction by Women

This week we highlight some works of contemporary literature that break new ground, written by Black women and inspired by …

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Black History Month Books: Classic Titles by Black Authors
Black History Month Books: Classic Titles by Black Authors

A Reading List of classic books by Black authors this Black History Month. Book descriptions and links are provided via …

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What to Read This Autumn, 2023
What to Read This Autumn, 2023

There’s not yet a chill in the air but the nights are drawing in. Whether you’re looking for something creepy …

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New Books Preview: October to December 2023
New Books Preview: October to December 2023

Discover your next favourite read among Faber's new and upcoming releases across all genres.

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Reading List: Six Stories that Informed Thomas Morris’s Open Up
Reading List: Six Stories that Informed Thomas Morris’s Open Up

Thomas Morris, a Granta Best Young Novelist 2023, shares six short stories that informed Open Up – his new collection …

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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 …