Michel Faber

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Theme of transformation for 2015 Book Week Scotland programme

6 Oct 2015

Appearances from Diana Gabaldon, AL Kennedy, Val McDermid, Alan Cumming and Andy McNab

The programme for this year's Book Week Scotland has been announced. Taking place from Mon 23--Sun 29 Nov, the event is centred on the theme of 'transformation'. The programme celebrates the power that books have to change lives, laws and the way we…

The Hot 100 2014: Top Scottish Books of 2014

11 Dec 2014

Our nation’s literary pedigree remains in rude health

2014 has been a bumper year for Scottish books across the board. Kicking it off in autobiography, actor Alan Cumming’s Not My Father’s Son (Canongate) is moving, funny and a candid story of the abuse he suffered at the hands of his father. Writer and…

The best new book releases and literary events – Oct / Nov 2014

22 Oct 2014

Including the Edinburgh International Radical Book Fair, James Ellroy and Yotam Ottolenghi

Edinburgh Independent Radical Book Fair Guardian columnist and author of Chavs, Owen Jones heads up the exciting lineup at this alternative book festival. Expect plenty of post-referendum discussion. Out of the Blue Drill Hall, Edinburgh, Wed…

Interview: Michel Faber discusses his new book The Book of Strange New Things

9 Oct 2014

Author explains the deeply personal circumstances surrounding the writing of his last novel

When Michel Faber began writing his latest novel, The Book of Strange New Things, he knew it would be his last. What he didn’t know is that it would end up being not just a farewell to his career as a novelist, but also to his other half, Eva Youren (in…

Under the Skin

14 Feb 20145 stars

Jonathan Glazer's Michel Faber adap is a genuinely unique, full-on sensory experience

It has been ten years since British director Jonathan Glazer’s last film – the understated, enigmatic Birth – and for much of that time he has been working away at this adaptation of Michel Faber’s cult novel. It has been time well spent, as Under the…

WATCH: The teaser trailer for Scarlett Johansson sci-fi Under the Skin

4 Feb 2014

The film, adapted from the novel by Michel Faber, is directed by Jonathan Glazer

Many modern movie trailers can be accused of giving away too much information, with patrons feeling they no longer need to actually watch the film having witnessed the entire extent of the plot. The latest piece of footage for Michel Faber adap Under…

Alternative reading list: top 10 Scottish books

5 Sep 2013

A selection of alt.Scottish classics, featuring Iain Banks, Alasdair Gray and Jackie Kay

James Hogg – The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner A Calvinist convinced of his salvation is led to acts of murder by his devilish doppelgänger. John Burnside – Black Cat Bone One of Scotland’s best poetry collections by one…

Ten significant modern Scottish novels

2 Nov 2012

Featuring Michel Faber, Andrew O’Hagan, AL Kennedy and Anne Donovan

Under the Skin (2000). Set in the Highlands, Michel Faber’s full-length fiction debut was a real shock to the system. Isserley is an über-earthly creature with deep scars and thick specs who is on a mission to capture muscle-bound men for creepy…

Scarlett Johansson in Scotland to film Under the Skin

9 Nov 2011

Jonathan Glazer directs Michel Faber adaptation set for 2012 release

Scotland has seen more than its fair share of Hollywood action of late, and this time it’s the Highlands that could potentially trump Glasgow’s claim to Brad Pitt with the arrival of Scarlett Johansson for the shooting of upcoming film Under the…

EIBF 2011: five book-to-screen adaptations

17 Aug 2011

Featuring Joe Dunthorne, Val McDermid, Michel Faber, Alan Hollinghurst and Alexander McCall Smith

Joe Dunthorne With his debut, Submarine, the Welsh poet and author captured the peculiar, rainy-day awkwardness of adolescence, and Richard Ayoade’s film, with Dunthorne’s assistance, did a fair old stab at bringing it further to life. 19 Aug…

Michel Faber interview - The Crimson Petal and the White

24 Mar 2011

The author and his wife Eva Youren on the forthcoming BBC adaptation

‘As consumers of culture, we’re both quite cold fish,’ says Michel Faber, linking eyes over the living room with his wife, Eva Youren. She’s stretched out on a windowseat a few feet away. She nods in agreement. ‘We tend to see what the author or…

Best of a decade: Books

2 Dec 2009

1. Cormac McCarthy – The Road (2006) 2. Dave Eggers – A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius (2000) 3. Jonathan Franzen – The Corrections (2001) 4. James Ellroy – The Cold Six Thousand (2001) 5. A L Kennedy – Paradise (2004) 6. Louise…

Ballads of the Book

27 Feb 2007


Projects like Ballads of the Book don’t come along very often. And, looking at the roll call of writers and musicians involved, it is easy to see why. It must have been a logistical nightmare getting 54 of Scotland’s finest writers and musicians…

Michel Faber - The Apple

1 Sep 20063 stars

Short story collection

SHORT STORIES Often, the image of an author is someone beavering away in the privacy of their own soul not caring a jot for anyone other than the characters and their own measuring of success. So, it’s almost reassuring to hear when a writer has not…

Michel Faber - Under the Skin (2000)

1 Jan 2005

100 Best Scottish Books of all Time

Under the Skin is utterly compelling and thought-provoking from start to finish. It begins with a woman, Isserley, driving through the Highlands on the look-out for male hitchhikers. She doesn’t want any weaklings: they’ve got to be youngish, healthy…