“The abandoned universe was such a weird place, because even though it had been shut down for ever, there were still lights on inside, as if nothing had changed”
Bestselling author Michel Faber’s debut joins Canongate’s Canons series with the dazzling Some Rain Must Fall
The debut work, a short story collection from the bestselling, critically acclaimed author of Under the Skin, The Crimson Petal and the White and The Book of Strange New Things.
Michel Faber’s short stories reveal an extraordinarily vivid imagination, a deep love of language and an adventurous versatility. Playful, yet profoundly moving, wickedly satirical yet sincerely humane, these tales never fail to strike unexpected chords. ‘Some Rain Must Fall’ juxtaposes the tragic circumstances of traumatised schoolchildren with the interior monologue of a teacher/psychologist enlisted to aid their recovery. In the pseudo-sci-fi ‘Fish’ a mother tries to protect her child in a terrifying world where fish swim through the streets and lurk in alleyways. Faber’s collection is rich and assured, with a dazzling reach.
“You don’t often see satire stirred with so humane a hand, or tragedy handled with so light a touch … This is a man who could give Conrad a run at writing the perfect sentence”
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“A gem of inventiveness, a genre-defying, often startling debut”
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“A rare and vivid imagination and a radical use of language”
“For sheer inventiveness and endless variety, this collection takes the prize”
“Above all Faber has the kind of wide ambition more usually found in his American counterparts”
Michel Faber has written nine books. In addition to the Whitbread-shortlisted Under the Skin, he is the author of the highly acclaimed The Crimson Petal and the White, The Book of Strange New Things, The Fire Gospel and The Fahrenheit Twins. He has also written two novellas, The Hundred and Ninety-Nine Steps and The Courage Consort, and has won several short story awards, including the Neil Gunn, Ian St James and Macallan. Born in Holland, brought up in Australia, he now lives in the UK.