Join us at the Owl to meet Toby Faber who will be talking about his new history of Faber & Faber and his new thriller Close to the Edge. Published to celebrate Faber’s 90th anniversary, this is the story of one of the world’s greatest publishing houses – a delight for all readers who are curious about the business of writing. Celebrating its 90th birthday this year, Faber boasts a phenomenal roster of successes …T. S. Eliot, William Golding, Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath and Seamus Heaney to name just a few.
But behind these stellar literary talents was a tiny firm that had to battle the Great Depression, wartime paper shortages and dramatic financial crises to retain its independence. This intimate history of Faber & Faber weaves together the most entertaining, moving and surprising letters, diaries and materials from the archive to reveal the untold stories behind some of the greatest literature of the twentieth century. Highlights include Eliot’s magnificent reading reports, Samuel Beckett on swearing and censorship, the publication of Finnegans Wake, the rejection of George Orwell’s Animal Farm, P.D. James on tasting her first avocado, the first reader’s response to Heaney’s Death of a Naturalist, Philip Larkin’s reluctance to attend poetry readings (‘people’s imaginary picture of you is always so much more flattering than the reality’), the discovery of Kazuo Ishiguro, and some sticky negotiations over book titles. The result is both a vibrant history and a hymn to the role of literature in all our lives.
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