(born 1960)

Michel Faber

'I had a heap of squashed frogs in my suitcase. They were as dry as autumn leaves.'
('Sheep', from 'Some Rain Must Fall and other stories')

Michel Faber was born in Holland. His family moved to Australia in 1967, a formative encounter with a new language and culture. He now lives in the Highlands of Scotland. He has won a number of short story awards, including the Macallan; his first collection, 'Some Rain Must Fall', won the Saltire First Book of the Year Award in 1999. His novel 'Under the Skin' was shortlisted for the Whitbread First Novel Award in 2000. Michel Faber follows his exacting muse with dedication, writing every day if possible, testing and refining his craft. Frankly ill at ease with 'mainstream' society, he says he is becoming more of a hermit the older he gets. Identity and belonging emerge as strong themes in work that teems with energy, imagination and strangeness. His perspective is essentially tender. A propensity for the uncomfortable question and an urge to probe the nature of soft tissue beneath the social carapace are harnessed by a love of words and a passion for exploration of the world and its ambiguities through the lens of fiction.

Michel Faber

Michel Faber, Edinburgh, 2000.

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