Published: 29/12/2013 13:57 - Updated: 29/12/2013 14:09

Faber returns with new novel

This will be Faber's first full-length novel in over a decade
This will be Faber's first full-length novel in over a decade

Acclaimed Ross-shire based author Michel Faber is making a literary come back in 2014 with his first full length novel in more than a decade.

The Book of Strange New Things, which will be released by Edinburgh-based publisher Canongate, is the first novel by Dutch-born Faber since the publication of the hugely acclaimed, international bestseller, The Crimson Petal and the White in 2002.

The Book of Strange New Things opens with a man saying goodbye to his wife before setting out on a perilous journey as a Christian missionary and is described by Canongate as “an unexpected and wildly original novel about adventure, faith and the ties that might hold two people together when they are worlds apart.”

Canongate will publish The Book of Strange new Things in hardback in November 2014.

Canongate publishing director Francis Bickmore commented: “This momentous novel is Faber at his expectation-defying best.

“It is a brilliantly compelling book about love in the face of death, and the search for meaning in an unfathomable universe. Readers won’t have encountered anything quite like it before.”

2014 is shaping up to be an important year for Faber, who has lived in Easter Ross for 20 years.

The film adaptation of his Highland set first novel, Under the Skin, is due for UK release in March and stars Scarlett Johansson.

The Crimson Petal and the White was filmed as a four part BBC miniseries in 2011 with Romola Garai, Gillian Anderson, Richard E. Grant and Chris O’Dowd.

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