James Kidd

Lonely Planets

The Book of Strange New Things

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The Book of Strange New Things is, according to Canongate, Michel Faber’s first novel in fourteen years. This is not true – The Crimson Petal and the White was published in 2002, The Fire Gospel in 2008 – but, regardless, Faber’s reputation has only increased in the hiatus. The Crimson Petal and the White was adapted saucily by the BBC. Jonathan Glazer made a glacially impressive movie from Faber’s debut novel, Under the Skin.

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