Hello and welcome back to You Wrote the Book, with Simon Savidge. Each fortnight Simon is joined by a special guest author to discuss their life as a writer and as a reader.
This episode Simon’s special guest is the author, Michel Faber, whose novels such as Under The Skin and The Crimson Petal and the White are cult classics and favourites with so many readers, including Simon himself. They met to discuss his career staring with latest, and last, novel The Book of Strange New Things. Peter Leigh is a missionary called to go on the journey of a lifetime. Leaving behind his beloved wife, Bea, he boards a flight for a remote and unfamiliar land, a place where the locals are hungry for the teachings of the Bible – his ‘book of strange new things’. It is a quest that will challenge Peter’s beliefs, his understanding of the limits of the human body and, most of all, his love for Bea. The Book of Strange New Things is a wildly original tale of adventure, faith and the ties that might hold two people together when they are worlds apart.
Simon had the pleasure of chatting with Michel after an event at Gladfest earlier in the year when they talked about the book, escapist and realist literature, labels of genre, how grief and love influenced it, why it really is going to be his last novel, what comes next as well as the other highlights of his career so far.
Over the next few weeks Simon will be joined by Ruth Ware, Joanna Cannon and fingers crossed Marlon James. If you have any questions for the authors, would like to suggest authors you think Simon should be getting on the show, or simply want to have a natter about books, you can firstname.lastname@example.org or find us on twitter @youwrotethebook.
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