Faber’s list of published authors is a literary who’s who of the 20th and 21st centuries:
T.S. Eliot, Ted Hughes, Harold Pinter, Sylvia Plath, (Marlborough’s very own) William Golding, Samuel Beckett, Seamus Heaney, Kazuo Ishiguro... and it can lay claim to 13 Nobel Laureates and six Booker Prize winners.
Now, 90 years after his grandfather founded the firm, Toby Faber lifts the lid on one of the world’s great publishing houses. Why did it reject Orwell’s Animal Farm? Why was Larkin so reluctant to attend poetry readings? How did this tiny firm weather the Great Depression, wartime paper shortages and dramatic financial crises and retain its independence? And how did a four-year-old Tom Faber – who later became Toby’s father – manage to persuade T.S. Eliot to start writing poems about cats?
While he still works for the publisher, Toby Faber is also an author in his own right: he has written a biography of Antonio Stradivari and Fabergé’s Eggs, which follows the story of each of the Russian jeweller’s 50-plus creations.
Toby Faber will be joined by Claire McGlasson, author of The Rapture and one of Faber’s exciting debuts for 2019.