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Faber announces third set of Faber Stories

Faber is delighted to announce a third set of ten titles in its acclaimed Faber Stories series. The ten titles will be published on 17 October 2019, as part of Faber’s ninetieth anniversary celebrations.

Bringing together past, present and future, Faber Stories have been put together in collaboration with Gaby Wood, and this final set includes classic and rare stories from Anna Burns, Marianne Moore, Milan Kundera, Barbara Kingsolver and Adrian Tomine. Each of the titles once again features a cover by a different designer working to the distinctive and much-loved series look.

The collection includes ‘Mostly Hero’ by Anna Burns. Written by Burns before she completed her dazzling Man Booker-winning novel Milkman, ‘Mostly Hero’ is a hilarious, unflinching, dark tale, with shades of Quentin Tarantino and the Brothers Grimm. Originally self-published online, it is available here in print for the first time and will be released simultaneously as an audio book, read by the author.

Gaby Wood said:

For the third set of Faber Stories, we pushed our archival and creative inquiries a little further. The late Marianne Moore, known as a Faber poet, once lent her spry and witty voice to a prose retelling of three fairy tales by Charles Perrault, and it’s a pleasure to revive them here. The great graphic storyteller Adrian Tomine has reworked ‘Intruders’ especially to fit the format of this series. An early story by Milan Kundera about ageing and the dynamics of sexual power is brought to new readers, accompanied by praise it once received from Philip Roth. Two sharp, strange stories by the long-neglected Celia Fremlin should bring her a new generation of fans. And ‘Giacomo Joyce’, James Joyce’s fragile, fragmented meditation on unrequited love, has been given much thought by the novelist Colm Tóibín, who wrote a new introduction, and by the artist Leanne Shapton, who designed the book’s cover based on the handwriting in Joyce’s original manuscript. Those are just half of the stories in store, and each is its own kind of treasure.