Michel Faber: The Writer & His Work

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 Glass includes detailed interrogations of unpublished works, including an as-yet-unseen novel, Photograph of Jesus, as well as providing deep dives into Faber’s most celebrated works such as Under the Skin and The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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Michel Faber: The Writer & His Work – Publication date confirmed, & advance endorsements

Publication date confirmed

Liverpool University Press have confirmed that Rodge Glass’s new book, MICHEL FABER: THE WRITER & HIS WORK, will be published on 1st August 2023, details to follow. Meanwhile, there are some fantastic endorsements from writers and fans of Faber’s work that can be shared, giving a taster of the book’s approach and contents.


A handful of readers have read the manuscript of the book in advance, and agreed to provide endorsements. These are all published writers who are also fans of Faber’s work.

“Glass takes an author who resists easy categorisations or a simple analysis by chronology, and embraces that, examining Michel Faber’s oeuvre by ‘world’ and highlighting the common thread of compassion throughout them all. Illuminating and enriching, this is the perfect book for Faber fans.”

Ever Dundas, author of HellSans and Goblin


“There were so many ‘ah-hah’ moments in Rodge Glass’s masterful overview of Michel Faber’s work. He takes that singularly disparate oeuvre and teases out the themes that run through the hearts of each book: connection, alienation and a deep, deep compassion. It made me want to go back and start reading Faber all over again from the start.”

Mat Osman, author of The Ghost Theatre and The Ruins 

‘This volume offers an engaging and insightful overview of Michel Faber’s writing. Combining archival material and correspondence with close readings, Glass provides the best current introduction to Faber’s diverse body of work, with analysis and background that will fascinate both new readers and experts. This is a witty, thoughtful book that deserves a wide readership.’

Professor Timothy C. Baker, Personal Chair in Contemporary and Scottish Literature, University of Aberdeen, and author of Reading My Mother Back

‘How to contain a writer as sinuous and otherworldly as Michel Faber? Glass cleverly approaches the task by grouping Faber’s work into various ‘worlds’, which allows us to see the repetition, indeed the consistency of themes, juxtaposed with the radically different tones, textures and genres Faber uses to explore them. This insightful study is must-read for readers and writers alike, reflecting the compassion and consideration Faber deploys in his creative process, and shining a light on our eternal search for connection.’

Karen Campbell, author of The Sounds of the Hours and Paper Cup

‘A rigorous, fascinating, illuminating work, which shines a new light on Faber’s manner of writing and the themes he tackles in his books. I felt like someone was handing me those books with the pages delicately opened, to invite me to engage with them in a way I hadn’t before.’

Heather Parry, author of Orpheus Builds a Girl