Tag: michel faber

29. ‘Under the Skin’ by Michel Faber

There’s a story behind how I came to read Under the Skin. I mean, I was always going to, but there’s a story behind how I came to read it now. It happened because Michel Faber emailed me. …

55. ‘The Fahrenheit Twins’ by Michel Faber

Michel Faber: I’ve read some of his novels, I’ve read his poetry, and now in The Fahrenheit Twins I’ve read a collection of his short stories. A missing man wanders the streets with his life history written on his shirt. …

Death and madness in small packages

This week I’m reviewing two shorter books – a collection of poetry, and a (very tiny) collection of short stories. Although these books at first seem very different (one is poetry by a 21st-century man and the other …

6. ‘The Crimson Petal and the White’ by Michel Faber

London in the 1850s. On one side of the coin, poverty-stricken prostitutes and brothel-owners attempt to scrape a living in the city’s filthy back streets. On the other, the rich float from grand house to noble soirée. Most …

38. ‘The Book of Strange New Things’ by Michel Faber

OK guys, be patient with me, I have to try and write this review without crying. It’ll be hard, because The Book of Strange New Things is so utterly brilliant that it broke my heart. Peter is a Christian missionary …