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Faber and Faber Ltd

Faber and Faber was founded in 1929 and is one of the UK’s leading independent publishing houses. The firm boasts a historic catalogue featuring 12 Nobel Laureates, six Booker Prize-winners and some of the foremost literary figures of the twentieth century.

Faber has never been cowed by the ultramodern: under the direction of TS Elliot, works of poetry, biography, art and architecture monographs, essays and avant-garde ecology featured prominently; and this pioneering spirit is evident today in new ventures such as Fiber Finds, Faber Digital, the Faber Academy and the Faber Factory brand.

Funding awards

  • 2012-2013: £40,000
  • 2013-2014: £40,000
  • 2014-2015: £40,000

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Snow by Walter de la Mare animation

As the day draws to a close, a family prepares for Christmas. Outside, the world slowly turns to white . . . This animation, using the illustrations of Caroline Rabei, is based on a beautiful new picture book of Walter de la Mare's poem 'Snow'.

So This is Permanence: The Lyrics and Notebooks of Ian Curtis from Joy Division

So this is Permanence, edited by Jon Savage with a foreword by Deborah Curtis, presents the intensely personal writings of one of the most enigmatic and influential songwriters and performers of the late twentieth century, Joy Division's Ian Curtis. The songs of Joy Division, infused with the energy of punk but steeped in a resigned longing, were born of Manchester in the late seventies - a once flourishing industrial city in decline. They were the songs too of Ian Curtis's inner tragedies, as he battled depression, epilepsy and debilitating stage fright. Ian Curtis committed suicide in 1980, on the eve of the band's first American tour. Interspersed with the lyrics are previously unpublished facsimile pages of Ian's notebooks, which throw his highly emotive lyrics into fascinating relief and cast light on the creative process of this singularly poetic songwriter. Buy the book from the Faber & Faber website: http://www.faber.co.uk/9780571309559-so-this-is-permanence.html

Six Poets by Alan Bennett

"Writers like to elude their public, lead them a bit of a dance. They take them down untrodden paths, land them in unknown country where they have to ask for directions." - Alan Bennett In this personal anthology, Alan Bennett has chosen over seventy poems by six well-loved poets, discussing the writers and their verse in his customary conversational style through anecdote, shrewd appraisal and spare but telling biographical detail. Ranging from hidden treasures to famous poems, this is a collection for the beginner and the expert alike. Speaking with candour about his own reactions to the work, Alan Bennett creates profound and witty portraits of Thomas Hardy, A. E. Housman, John Betjeman, W. H. Auden, Louis MacNeice and Philip Larkin, all the more enjoyable for being in his own particular voice. Anybody writing poetry in the thirties had somehow to come to terms with Auden. Auden, you see, had got a head start on the other poets. He'd got into the thirties first, like someone taking over the digs. For more information visit the Faber & Faber website: http://www.faber.co.uk/9780571321094-six-poets-hardy-to-larkin.html

1,411 QI Facts to Knock You Sideways!

ALL NEW FACTS FROM THE QI TEAM, taken from their new book 1,411 QI Facts to Knock You Sideways. Here's a sneaky peak, voiced by QI inventor and comedy genius John Lloyd. Orchids can get jetlag. Lizards can't walk and breathe at the same time. There are 177,147 ways to tie a tie. Traffic lights existed before cars. Sir Bruce Forsyth is four months older than sliced bread. The soil in your garden is 2 million years old. 1,227 QI Facts blew your socks off. 1,339 QI Facts made your jaw drop. Now the QI team return with this year's groaning sack of astonishment. Prepare to be knocked sideways... If there are any facts you don't believe, or if you want to know more about them, all the sources can be found on qi.com. Animation produced by Richard Oldfield with Faber and Faber. Sound fx courtesy of http://www.freesfx.co.uk

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Girl in a Band by Kim Gordon - coming February 2015

There are few artists who inspire such reverence as Kim Gordon. In Girl in a Band she tells with complete openness the story of her family, her work in the visual arts, her move to New York City, the men in her life, her marriage, her relationship with her daughter, her music and her band. It is a rich and beautifully written memoir, taking us back to the lost New York of the 1980s and '90s that gave birth to and nurtured Sonic Youth and the alternative revolution in popular music they spearheaded. But at its core, Girl in a Band is an examination of what partnership means - and what happens when it dissolves. Evocative and edgy, filled with the sights and sounds of a changing world and a remarkable life, Girl in a Band is the moving chronicle of an extraordinary artist. Published by Faber & Faber | February 2015 Sign up to find out more: www.fabersocial.com | twitter.com/fabersocial

The Selected Poems of Seamus Heaney

Shortly before his death in 2013, Seamus Heaney discussed with Faber & Faber, the prospect of a companion volume to his landmark New Selected Poems 1966-1987 aimed at presenting the second half of his career, 'from Seeing Things onwards', as he foresaw it. Although he was unable to complete an edition, he left behind selections that have been followed here. The edition concludes with his final poem, 'In Time'. New Selected Poems 1988-2013 provides an unrivalled account of a period of work that was crowned by the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1995. Together with its earlier, sibling volume, it completes the arc of a remarkable writing life. For more information visit the Faber & Faber website: http://www.faber.co.uk/9780571321711-new-selected-poems-1988-2013.html

Jenny Uglow on Britain's home front during the Napoleonic Wars

Jenny Uglow is the acclaimed author of many great works of history. Her new book, In These Times, tells the story of what happened in Britain during the Napoleonic wars. In this video she talks about her inspiration, and some of the many remarkable stories she uncovered along the way. We know the thrilling, terrible stories of the battles of the Napoleonic wars - but what of those left behind? The people on a Norfolk farm, in a Yorkshire mill, a Welsh iron foundry, an Irish village, a London bank or a Scottish mountain? The aristocrats and paupers, old and young, butchers and bakers and candlestick makers - how did the war touch their lives? Jenny Uglow, the prize-winning author of The Lunar Men and Nature's Engraver, follows the gripping back-and-forth of the first global war, but turns the news upside down, seeing how it reached the people. Illustrated by the satires of Gillray, Rowlandson and the paintings of Turner and Constable, and combining the familiar voices of Jane Austen, Wordsworth, Scott and Byron with others lost in the crowd, In These Times delves into the archives to tell the moving story of how people lived and loved and sang and wrote, struggling through hard times and opening new horizons that would change their country for a century ahead.

Historian Helen Castor reveals the real Joan of Arc

In her new book, acclaimed historian and BBC broadcaster Helen Castor, author of She-Wolves, brings us afresh a gripping life of Joan of Arc. Instead of the icon, she gives us a living, breathing young woman; a roaring girl fighting the English, and taking sides in a bloody civil war that was tearing fifteenth century France apart. In this interview she describes how she came to write the book, and what it was like to de-mythologise the great icon. The book is a portrait of a 19-year-old peasant who hears voices from God; a teenager transformed into a warrior leading an army to victory, in an age that believed women should not fight. And it is also the story behind the myth we all know, a myth which began to take hold at her trial: that of the Maid of Orleans, the saviour of France, a young woman burned at the stake as a heretic, a woman who five hundred years later would be declared a saint. Joan and her world are brought vividly to life in this refreshing new take on the medieval world.

Terry Coleman on The Old Vic

In his new book former Guardian Arts Correspondent and Olivier biographer Terry Coleman guides us through almost 200 years of performances and upheavals at one of the world's greatest theatres - London's Old Vic. It's a book full of impresarios and legendary actors - everyone from John Gielgud, Charles Laughton, Peggy Ashcroft and Laurence Olivier, to the man about to hand over the reins of the theatre, Kevin Spacey.

Peter Carey on Amnesia

What is the 'Angel Worm'? Double Booker Prize-winner Peter Carey talks us through his new novel Amnesia - set in a world of hacktivism and cyber terrorism - in this short video interview filmed in October 2014.

Alex Preston talks about his new novel, In Love and War

A tale of love, heroism and resistance set against the stunning backdrop of 1930s Florence, In Love and War weaves fact and fiction to create a thrilling portrait of a man swept up in the chaos of war. Desperate to prove himself to his politician father, Esmond Lowndes is sent to Italy to forge ties between the British Union of Fascists and Mussolini's government. He is also escaping the disgrace of a scandalous love affair. In Florence, he discovers art and passion amongst eccentric expatriates and glamorous locals. But with the coming of war, he leaves his past behind and joins the Florentine resistance. He falls in love with a fellow freedom fighter and together they take on the malevolent Mario Carità, head of the Fascist secret police. Esmond is at the centre of assassination plots, shoot-outs and car chases, culminating in a final mission of extraordinary daring. A novel of art and letters, of bawdy raconteurs and dashing spies, In Love and War takes you deep into the hidden heart of history. It is a tale both epic and intimate, harrowing and life-affirming.

Dan Jones introduces The Hollow Crown

With The Hollow Crown bestselling author Dan Jones completes his epic history of medieval England with a new book about the Wars of the Roses - and describes how the Plantagenets tore themselves apart and were finally replaced by the Tudors. Here's a short interview with the author ahead of a more in-depth conversation which you'll find on the Faber & Faber website.

The Buried Giant from Kazuo Ishiguro - coming March 2015

An extraordinary new novel from the author of Never Let Me Go and the Booker Prize-winning The Remains of the Day. The Buried Giant begins as a couple set off across a troubled land of mist and rain in the hope of finding a son they have not seen in years. Sometimes savage, often intensely moving, Kazuo Ishiguro's first novel in a decade is about lost memories, love, revenge and war. http://theburiedgiant.com 'There's a journey we must go on and no more delay . . . '

John Lanchester explains 'Plog' from How to Speak Money

'Amortisation', 'Bear Market', 'Hot Waitress Index', 'Zombie Bank' ... terms we hear associated with the world of finance, but what do they all mean? If, as Will Self said, John Lanchester's bestselling 'Whoops!' provided a routemap to the crazed world of contemporary finance, Lanchester's new book - 'How to Speak Money' - is the jargon-busting phrasebook. It shows you it's possible to learn to speak the language of money. Possible, desirable and perhaps even necessary if we're to avoid feelings of complete helplessness and bafflement when confronted with the big financial forces that shape our lives.

John Lanchester explains 'Moral Hazard' from How to Speak Money

'Amortisation', 'Bear Market', 'Hot Waitress Index', 'Zombie Bank' ... terms we hear associated with the world of finance, but what do they all mean? If, as Will Self said, John Lanchester's bestselling 'Whoops!' provided a routemap to the crazed world of contemporary finance, Lanchester's new book - 'How to Speak Money' - is the jargon-busting phrasebook. It shows you it's possible to learn to speak the language of money. Possible, desirable and perhaps even necessary if we're to avoid feelings of complete helplessness and bafflement when confronted with the big financial forces that shape our lives.

John Lanchester explains 'Haircut' from How to Speak Money

'Amortisation', 'Bear Market', 'Hot Waitress Index', 'Zombie Bank' ... terms we hear associated with the world of finance, but what do they all mean? If, as Will Self said, John Lanchester's bestselling 'Whoops!' provided a routemap to the crazed world of contemporary finance, Lanchester's new book - 'How to Speak Money' - is the jargon-busting phrasebook. It shows you it's possible to learn to speak the language of money. Possible, desirable and perhaps even necessary if we're to avoid feelings of complete helplessness and bafflement when confronted with the big financial forces that shape our lives.

John Lanchester explains 'Austerity' from How to Speak Money

'Amortisation', 'Bear Market', 'Hot Waitress Index', 'Zombie Bank' ... terms we hear associated with the world of finance, but what do they all mean? If, as Will Self said, John Lanchester's bestselling 'Whoops!' provided a routemap to the crazed world of contemporary finance, Lanchester's new book - 'How to Speak Money' - is the jargon-busting phrasebook. It shows you it's possible to learn to speak the language of money. Possible, desirable and perhaps even necessary if we're to avoid feelings of complete helplessness and bafflement when confronted with the big financial forces that shape our lives.

John Lanchester explains How to Speak Money

Will Self called John Lanchester's previous book on money and banking - the bestselling 'Whoops!' - as 'the routemap to the crazed world of contemporary finance we've all been waiting for'. If 'Whoops!' was the routemap, then his new book 'How to Speak Money' is the phrasebook. It shows you that it's possible to learn to speak the language of money. Possible, desirable and perhaps even necessary if we're to avoid feelings of complete helplessness and bafflement when confronted with the big financial forces that shape our lives.

Adventures with the Wife in Space: living with Doctor Who

Neil Perryman loves Sue. He also loves Doctor Who. But can he bring his two great loves together? And does he have the right? Neil's ambitious (and some would say, foolhardy) experiment to get his wife Sue to watch every episode of Doctor Who from the beginning led to the hugely popular and hilarious blog, wifeinspace.com, and now the book Adventures with the Wife in Space, acclaimed by Steven Moffat: "Marriage, the TARDIS and this book - everything that's bigger on the inside."

Squishy McFluff Supermarket Sweep

Meet Squishy McFluff, the invisible cat! You'll have to try hard but you might see him if you imagine enough. This version has a surprise new ending...

Gerard Lyons on The Consolations of Economics

'The best new book for that post-lunch siesta,' reckons Boris Johnson. 'A blast of Anglo-Saxon commonsense after the maunderings of French gloomadon popper Thomas Piketty.' The future's bright and the economy is NOT in bad shape, according to the Chief Economic Advisor to the Mayor of London, Gerard Lyons. From his perch at City Hall, he tells us exactly why and also where we might be heading as he introduces his new book The Consolations of Economics.

Roderick Bailey tells us about Target: Italy

Roderick Bailey was able to draw on long-classified documents for his dazzling recreation of the cloak-and-dagger war fought by British secret agents in the Special Operations Executive (SOE) against Mussolini's Fascist Italy during the Second World War, which climaxed in one of the most extraordinary episodes of the whole conflict. Here is Roderick telling us more of what to expect in Target: Italy.

Exploring The Moor with William Atkins

'The Moor: Lives, Landscape, Literature' is a book by William Atkins published by Faber and Faber. Blake Morrison called it 'an ambitious mix of history, topography, literary criticism and nature writing, in the tradition of WG Sebald, Robert MacFarlane and Olivia Laing' (Guardian Book of the Week) and John Carey said 'it is [Atkins'] ability to cheat expectation that gives him impact as a writer . . . [a] remarkable book.' (Sunday Times). Video production: Simon Warner. Score: Richard Skelton. Field Recording: Chris Watson.

Macavity: The Mystery Cat by T.S. Eliot. Read by Count Arthur Strong.

Count Arthur Strong reads Macavity: The Mystery Cat by T.S. Eliot. The most famous master criminal cat of them all is brought to life in this new edition with illustrations by Arthur Robins.

Akhil Sharma: Family Life

Akhil Sharma was born in New Delhi and emigrated to the US in the late 1970s. Having initially pursued a career in investment banking he came to prominence as a writer in 2001 with his debut novel, An Obedient Father, which won the Hemingway/PEN Award. In 2007 he was named as one of Granta's Best of Young American Novelists. So expectations for what Akhil would do next have been high for some time. Family Life, mirroring events in Akhil's own life - Akhil's brother suffered a severe head injury which left him brain-damaged - has been a dozen years in the writing, and has undergone many drafts and considerable pruning. But it's now with us and being rapturously received on both sides of the Atlantic.

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