Trailer for Shall We Gather at the River by Peter Murphy
Shall We Gather At The River tells the story of Enoch O'Reilly, the great flood that afflicts his small town, and the rash of mysterious suicides that accompany it. Charlatan, Presleyite and local radiovangelist, O'Reilly is a man haunted by the childhood ghosts of his father's sinister radio set ... a false prophet destined for a terrible consummation with that old, evil river.
A suicide mystery and a rich patchwork narrative of legend, myth, occult inheritance, eco-conspiracy, viral obsession, airwaves, water and death, Shall We Gather At The River is a spellbinding piece of work, marked by prose that is by turns haunting, poetic and blackly humourous. With shades of Flannery O'Connor's Wise Blood, Jeffrey Eugenides' The Virgin Suicides, of Twin Peaks and Wisconsin Death Trip, Shall We Gather At The River is a novel that will further cement Murphy's reputation as one of the most original and exciting novelists to emerge in recent years.
All The Beggars Riding -- Lucy Caldwell talks about her new new novel
When Lara was twelve, her father died in a helicopter crash. The family had grown up used to him being absent: a successful plastic surgeon, he only came to London for two weekends a month to work at the Harley Street Clinic. But home, for their father, wasn't Earls Court: it was Belfast, where he led his other life . . . Narrated by Lara, nearing forty and nursing her dying mother, All the Beggars Riding is the heartbreaking portrait of a woman confronting her past from novelist Lucy Caldwell. http://www.faber.co.uk/catalog/author/lucy-caldwell
Nadeem Aslam introduces The Blind Man's Garden
Nadeem Aslam's fourth novel, The Blind Man's Garden, set, like its predecessor in Pakistan and Afghanistan in the wake of 9/11, and is already garnering terrific reviews: writing in the Independent, Leyla Sanai said of it: 'Once or twice a year, a book stuns me. Nadeem Aslam's fourth novel, The Blind Man's Garden, has done just that. My expectations were high: Aslam has won a clutch of prizes. But the power of this extraordinary novel is still jarring.'
And James Lasdun in the Guardian wrote: 'by any measure The Blind Man's Garden is an impressive accomplishment; a gripping and moving piece of storytelling that gets the calamitous first act in the "War on Terror" on to the page with grace, intelligence and rare authenticity.'
In this short film, Nadeem explains what he set out to do in the book.
Nadeem Aslam talks about writing his novel The Blind Man's Garden
The war on terror through the lens of devastating personal experience in this stunning novel from the author of The Wasted Vigil and Maps for Lost Lovers. A searing, exquisitely written novel set in Pakistan and Afghanistan in the months following 9/11 - a story of war, of one family's losses, and of the simplest, most enduring human impulses. Jeo and Mikal, foster-brothers from a small Pakistani city, secretly enter Afghanistan: not to fight with the Taliban, but to help and care for wounded civilians. But it soon becomes apparent that good intentions can't keep them out of harm's way... From the wilds of Afghanistan to the heart of the family left behind - their blind father haunted for years by the death of his wife, by the mistakes he may have made in the name of Islam and nationhood, Jeo's steadfast wife and her superstitious mother - Aslam's prose takes us on an extraordinary journey, through war, tragedy, love and brotherhood. Here he discusses how he wrote the novel, and the themes behind it.
Derek B Miller reads from and discusses Norwegian by Night
An edge-of-your-seat thriller written with great humanity and humour, following an elderly American on the run across Norway with a kid in danger. Eighty-two years old, and recently widowed, Sheldon Horowitz has grudgingly moved to Oslo, with his grand-daughter and her Norwegian husband. When Sheldon witnesses the murder of a woman in his apartment complex, he rescues her six-year-old son and decides to run. Pursued by both the Balkan gang responsible for the murder, and the Norwegian police, he has to rely on marine training from over half a century before to try and keep the boy safe. Against a strange and foreign landscape, this unlikely couple, who can't speak the same language, start to form a bond that may just save them both. Compelling and sophisticated, it is both a chase through the woods thriller and an emotionally haunting novel about ageing and regret.
Here Derek B Miller reads from the novel and talks about Sheldon.
Marjorie Celona discusses her debut novel, Y
'My life begins at the Y...' Abandoned as a newborn at the doors of the local YMCA and then bounced between foster homes, Shannon eventually finds stability in the home of Miranda, a single mother with a daughter of her own. But as Shannon grows, so do her questions. Will she ever belong? Who is her true family? And why would her parents abandon Shannon on the day she was born?
Y is the debut novel by Canadian author Marjorie Celona.
Justin Fletcher tells us some of his most giggle-tastic jokes from his book 'Justin's Jokes': http://faber.co.uk/catalog/justins-jokes/9780571280421
Orhan Pamuk introduces Silent House
Silent House is Nobel Laureate Orhan Pamuk's 1983 novel of Turkey's military coup, finally translated into English. Here the author introduces it.
Secrets of the Conqueror submarine
Former World in Action journalist Stuart Prebble has followed the story of the Conqueror, Britain's most famous nuclear submarine, from the Falklands War, where it sank the Belgrano, to the Cold War, where it was involved in the most dangerous and untold exploits against the USSR. In his book Secrets of the Conqueror Stuart Prebble at last can tell the incredible true story of Cold War espionage and adventure.
Interview with Edna O'Brien
'Exile and separation were very, very good for me.' A candid and illuminating career interview with Irish novelist and short story writer Edna O'Brien on publication of her memoir Country Girl (Faber, October 2012, http://bit.ly/Rct8Oh).
Recorded in her London home, the interview -- which details her trepidation at writing her memoirs, the controversy surrounding her debut novel The Country Girls, her colourful life in 1960s London and much more -- is conducted by her Faber editor Lee Brackstone.
Book Trailer for CREWEL by Gennifer Albin
Animated trailer for CREWEL by Gennifer Albin. Find out more about the book and download the song 'It's a Lie' for FREE at http://on.fb.me/OHI6i1. CREWEL is a new YA novel that takes you to a world of secrets and intrigue where a girl with talent will thrive ... or be destroyed. The soundtrack, 'It's a Lie' is an original song by 14-year-old Roisin O'Hagan.
CREWEL is out now. Buy it at: http://faber.co.uk/catalog/crewel/9780571282890
Interview with Jeet Thayil on Narcopolis
Jeet Thayil discusses his Man Booker Prize-shortlisted novel Narcopolis with writer and journalist Stuart Evers -- a rich novel that delves into the opium dens and sprawling underworld of 1970s Bombay. More about the book: http://bit.ly/RBJKSQ
Secrets of the Cold War -- from the Conqueror submarine
Former World in Action producer Stuart Prebble has been following the story of the Conqueror submarine -- which sank the Belgrano in the Falklands War -- for thirty years. In the prices he has discovered hidden Cold War secrets which he reveals in his book Secrets of the Conqueror
Paul Auster introduces Winter Journal
"Speak now before it is too late, and then hope to go on speaking until there is no more to be said. Time is running out, after all. Perhaps it is just as well to put aside your stories for now and try to examine what it has felt like to live inside this body from the first day you can remember being alive until this one." Paul Auster introduces Winter Journal, his "book of autobiographical fragments" in this short film.
Interview with Edna O'Brien [short]
'Sometimes ... I wished I wasn't doing it.' A candid and illuminating interview with Irish novelist and short story writer Edna O'Brien on publication of her memoir Country Girl (Faber, October 2012, http://bit.ly/Rct8Oh). She also discusses some of the controversy around her debut novel The Country Girls, and just how her home became such a fixture of the party scene in 1960s London.
Ronald Frame introduces Havisham
Ronald's new novel, published this November, is Havisham, which tells the story of one of Dickens' best-known characters from her own point of view. We know her from Great Expectations as the unhappy bride jilted at the last moment, still wearing her wedding dress years amid the ruins of her wedding breakfast, but how did she come to that state? What was she like as a young woman, when she was the daughter of a wealthy brewer with the world seemingly at her feet?
In this short interview, Ronald Frame talks about his novel and his fascination for the character who inspired it.
John Gordon Sinclair introduces Seventy Times Seven
John Gordon Sinclair's debut thriller, Seventy Times Seven, is -- as John Mullan said in the Independent - 'a fast-moving, wise-cracking story about two Republican brothers from Newry caught up in the Troubles; about supergrasses, double agents, paramilitary brutality and SAS summary justice'. In this short film, he introduces the book.