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Michel Faber


Netherlands (b.1960)

Faber was born in The Hague, The Netherlands. He and his parents emigrated to Australia in 1967. He attended primary and secondary school in the Melbourne suburbs of Boronia and Bayswater, then attended the University Of Melbourne, studying Dutch, Philosophy, Rhetoric, English Language (a course involving translation and criticism of Anglo-Saxon and Middle English texts) and English Literature. He graduated in 1980. He worked as a cleaner and at various other casual jobs, before training as a nurse at Marrickville and Western Suburbs hospitals in Sydney. He nursed until the mid-1990s. In 1993 he, his second wife and family emigrated to Scotland, where they still reside.
 

Awards: Saltire (2015)  see all

Genres: Literary Fiction, Young Adult Fantasy, Fantasy, Mystery
 
New and upcoming books
October 2024

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Of the Flesh
 
Novels
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Collections
   Some Rain Must Fall (1998)
   The Fahrenheit Twins (2005)
   The Apple (2006)
   Vanilla Bright like Eminem (2007)
   Undying (poems) (2016)
   Of the Flesh (2024) (with others)
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Series contributed to
Myths
   12. The Fire Gospel (2008)
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Ox-Tales
   Ox-Tales:Water (2009) (with others)
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Elsewhere
   3. Somewhere (2012) (with Roddy Doyle and Jackie Kay)
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Non fiction show
 
Books containing stories by Michel Faber
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Perverted by Language (2007)
Fiction inspired by The Fall
edited by
Peter Wild
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Word Jig (2003)
New Fiction from Scotland
edited by
Marie Carter
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Crimewave 5: Davenport Files (2001)
(Crimewave, book 5)
edited by
Andy Cox

Awards
2015 Saltire Literary Award : The Book of Strange New Things

Award nominations
2015 Arthur C. Clarke Award (nominee) : The Book of Strange New Things
2006 BBC National Short Story Prize (nominee) : The Safehouse
2003 James Tait Black Memorial Prize (nominee) : The Crimson Petal and the White
2000 Whitbread Prize for Best First Novel (nominee) : Under the Skin


Michel Faber recommends
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Diving Belles and Other Stories (2012)
Lucy Wood
"Fresh, distinctive voices are actually very rare."
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Visitation (2010)
Jenny Erpenbeck
"Extraordinarily strong... Erpenbeck is one of the finest, most exciting authors alive."
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Blue Poppies (2001)
Jonathan Falla
"Falla's... vivid and authoratative offers us the chance to experience cultures that are exhileratingly, sometimes frighteningly different from our own."

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