MICHEL FABER: The Writer & His Work

Rodge’s next book has been scheduled for publication with Liverpool University Press for August 2023

Rodge’s next book will be published by Liverpool University Press on 1st August 2023. Titled MICHEL FABER: The Writer & His Work, this book is the first full length work looking at the life and work of the Dutch-born, Australian-raised, Scotland-adopted writer of novels such as Under the Skin and The Crimson Petal and the White. The book is the latest in the long-running series that includes volumes on writers from James Joyce to Alice Munro to, more recently, the likes of Iris Murdoch. You can find out more about the Writer & their Work series here.


The first ever detailed assessment of Michel Faber’s life and work across genre and form, from the award-winning novelist, short story writer and biographer of Glaswegian polymath Alasdair Gray, Rodge Glass. This book draws on intimate, detailed interviews with the author over a two-year period and explores as-yet-unseen archives, both the Canongate Books archives and Faber’s own personal home archive, to bring fresh perspectives to light. Glass includes detailed interrogations of unpublished works, including an as-yet-unseen novel, Photograph of Jesus, as well as providing deep dives into Faber’s most celebrated works such as Under the Skin and The Crimson Petal and the White. Known for his hybrid creative-critical approach, Glass uses Faber’s interest in generosity and compassion in writing as a focus for this study, assessing each of his hugely various works by ‘World’, ranging across poetry, the short story, novels and novellas to make an argument for Faber as a writer who has consistently sought to explore narrow emotional territory, that of the human instinct to seek connection with others, even if genuine connection seems unlikely or impossible. Glass draws on individual case studies across Faber’s hugely diverse genre work in a way that will be interesting for fans, as well as informative for students of Faber’s work.

Rodge’s book assesses Faber’s novels, novellas (or ‘medium-sized stories’), short fiction, poetry and nonfiction. You can find out much more about Michel Faber at his Canongate Books page here.

If you’re interested in either reviewin Michel Faber: The Writer & his Work, or booking Rodge for a lecture, talk or event, you can contact him direct on r.glass@strath.ac.uk.

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