Sebastian Barry reads from his new novel, The Temporary Gentleman
A stunning return from the prize-winning and best-selling author ofThe Secret Scripture
Jack McNulty is a 'temporary gentleman', an Irishman whose commission in the British army in the Second World War was never permanent. In 1957, sitting in his lodgings in Accra, he urgently sets out to write his story. He feels he cannot take one step further, or even hardly a breath, without looking back at all that has befallen him.
He is an ordinary man, both petty and heroic, but he has seen extraordinary things. He has worked
and wandered around the world - as a soldier, an engineer, a UN observer - trying to follow his childhood ambition to better himself. And he has had a strange and tumultuous marriage. Mai Kirwan was a great beauty of Sligo in the 1920s, a vivid mind, but an elusive and mysterious figure too. Jack married her, and shared his life with her, but in time she slipped from his grasp.
A heart-breaking portrait of one man's life - of his demons and his lost love - The Temporary Gentleman is, ultimately, a novel about Jack's last bid for freedom, from the savage realities of the past and from himself.
The Girl with a Clock for a Heart - The Trailer
George Foss never thought he'd see her again, but on a late-August night in Boston, there she is, in his local bar, Jack's Tavern.
When George first met her, she was an eighteen-year-old college freshman from Sweetgum, Florida. She and George became inseparable in their first fall semester, so George was devastated when he got the news that she had committed suicide over Christmas break. But, as he stood in the living room of the girl's grieving parents, he realized the girl in the photo on their mantelpiece - the one who had committed suicide - was not his girlfriend. Later, he discovered the true identity of the girl he had loved - and of the things she may have done to escape her past.
Now, twenty years later, she's back, and she's telling George that he's the only one who can help her...
In his electrifying debut, Peter Swanson evokes the spirit of Body Heat and Double Indemnity, in a thriller about love, loss and those memories we hold closest to our hearts.
'...it was like I had a secret disease, or there was this clock inside of me, ticking like a heart, and at any moment an alarm would go off ...'
Meet Squishy McFluff, the invisible cat!
Meet Squishy McFluff, the invisible cat! You'll have to imagine extra hard to see him, but his friend Ava is here to help you out. Join Squishy and Ava on their adventures in the first of a new illustrated rhyming book series.
Hanif Kureishi reads from his new novel, The Last Word
Mamoon is an eminent Indian-born writer who has made a career in England - but now, in his early 70s, his reputation is fading, sales have dried up, and his new wife has expensive taste.
Harry, a young writer, is commissioned to write a biography to revitalise both Mamoon's career and his bank balance. Harry greatly admires Mamoon's work and wants to uncover the truth of the artist's life. Harry's publisher seeks a more naked truth, a salacious tale of sex and scandal that will generate headlines. Meanwhile Mamoon himself is mining a different vein of truth altogether.
Harry and Mamoon find themselves in a battle of wills, but which of them will have the last word?
The ensuing struggle for dominance raises issues of love and desire, loyalty and betrayal, and the frailties of age versus the recklessness of youth.
Hanif Kureishi has created a tale brimming with youthful exuberance, as hilarious as it is touching, where words have the power to forge a world.
The origins of money -- by Marcus Chown
Ever wondered how money came about? So did Marcus Chown, and it was one of the things he investigated in his attempt to explain all of the forces that shape our lives. His new book, What a Wonderful World, explains everything from finance to thermodynamics, special relativity to sex, human evolution to holography. In this charming animation Marcus explains the origins of money.
1,339 QI Facts to Make Your Jaw Drop
From QI HQ, here's legendary producer John Lloyd with a selection of some of the most entertaining, astonishing and enlightening facts from their book of 1,339 QI Facts to Make Your Jaw Drop.
Birth School Metallica Death
On 07.11.13 buskers played Metallica at tube stations across London to celebrate the publication of Birth School Metallica Death, the definitive book on the fastest, heaviest band on the planet.
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Quantum Conundrums from Marcus Chown
Quantum Theory has tested the greatest minds in physics over the last century. In this charming animation, based on his new book What a Wonderful World, science writer Marcus Chown helps explain the origins of the theory, and some of the central conundrums.
Explosive Electricity - with Marcus Chown
Could the atoms in a single mosquito generate enough force to cause a global mass extinction? Find out with science writer Marcus Chown in this super-cute animation, based on his new book What a Wonderful World.
'Charles Prime': One of the Six Bad Poets from Christopher Reid
Charles Prime is one of the fictional 'Six Bad Poets' in Christopher Reid's new book of the same name - a highly enjoyable farce-in-verse. Here Reid gives us an extract and introduces us to the well-drawn Prime. Recorded in September 2013 at the Faber & Faber offices. Elliot Elam provides the illustrations.
'H. Vernon' by Christopher Reid
This short poem about a butcher's shop is characteristic of Christopher Reid's playful, accessible style of poetry. It can be found in Reid's Selected Poems. The reading was recorded as part of a series of interviews for the Faber Podcast in September 2013, to tie-in with publication of 'Six Bad Poets' in October 2013.
Christopher Reid: Memoirs of a Publisher
Christopher Reid is the author of a number of books of poems, including A Scattering (winner of the Costa Book of the Year Award), The Song of Lunch (both 2009) and Six Bad Poets (2013). Filmed as part of the Faber Podcast interviews in September 2013, here is Christopher reading his poems 'Memoirs of a Publisher', which features in his Selected Poems.
Rocket-Fuelled Babies by Marcus Chown
Here's scientist Marcus Chown explaining how rockets and babies are fuelled by essentially the same reaction, from his new book, What a Wonderful World.
Why do we breathe? What is money? How does the brain work? Why did life invent sex? Does time really exist? How does capitalism work - or not, as the case may be? Where do mountains come from? How do computers work? How did humans get to dominate the Earth? Why is there something rather than nothing?
In What a Wonderful World, Marcus Chown, bestselling author of Quantum Theory Cannot Hurt You and the Solar System app, uses his vast scientific knowledge and deep understanding of extremely complex processes to answer simple questions about the workings of our everyday lives. Lucid, witty and hugely entertaining, it explains the basics of our essential existence, stopping along the way to show us why the Atlantic is widening by a thumbs' length each year, how money permits trade to time travel why the crucial advantage humans had over Neanderthals was sewing and why we are all living in a giant hologram.
Jarvis Cocker reads 'Digging' by Seamus Heaney
Pulp frontman and Faber Editor-at-Large Jarvis Cocker reads a poem by one the greatest poet of our age, Seamus Heaney.
'Digging' features in the Childhood chapter of Poetry Please: The Nation's Best-Loved Poems. For more information visit: http://www.faber.co.uk/catalog/poetry-please/9780571303281