‘Do not read this review’ – The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber

Our favourite book of 2014 is now out in paperback so you have absolutely no excuse to not read it. This should be top of your holiday book list – so go buy it today and squeeze it into your suitcases. You’ll thank us!


tbosntmfI started reading what is being described as Michel Faber’s third novel (only Under the Skin and The Crimson Petal and the White qualify as novels, the rest of his books are either novellas or short story collections apparently) without knowing a thing about it, other than it was written by Michel Faber, who I like. This is, for me, somewhat unusual. The hardbook proof was bright white with indented white lettering for the title and the author name, like The Beatles’ White Album. Inside, there were biographical details, and a brief three or four line precis that talked of ‘love in the face of death’ and ‘the search for meaning in an unfathomable universe’ but not much more. Right at the back of the book (which is quite a way, the proof clocks in at about 550 pages), there is an acknowledgement in which Faber notes his debt to Marvel comics and the writers of said…

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