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Novelist and short-story writer Michel Faber was born in Holland. He moved with his family to Australia in 1967 and has lived in Scotland since 1992. His short story 'Fish' won the Macallan/Scotland on Sunday Short Story Competition in 1996 and is included in his first collection of short stories, Some Rain Must Fall and Other Stories (1998), winner of the Saltire Society Scottish First Book of the Year Award.

His first novel, Under the Skin (2000), was shortlisted for the Whitbread First Novel Award and he has also won the Neil Gunn Prize and an Ian St James Award.

Other fiction includes The Hundred and Ninety-Nine Steps (1999), a novella, and The Courage Consort (2002), the story of an a cappella singing group. The Crimson Petal and the White (2002), is set in Victorian England and tells the story of Sugar, a 19-year-old prostitute. His collection of stories, The Apple (2006) continues the tale of some of the characters from The Crimson Petal and the White.

His most recent books are Vanilla Bright Like Eminem (2007), a further short story collection, and The Fire Gospel (2008), a novel. - Updated Jan 19, 2009

Bibliography

Some Rain Must Fall and Other Stories   Canongate, 1998

Snap Shots: Ten Years of the Ian St James Awards   (contributor)   Angela Royal Publishing, 1999

Under the Skin   Canongate, 2000

Crimewave 5: Dark Before Dawn   (contributor)   TTA Press, 2001

Shorts 4: The Macallan/Scotland on Sunday Short Story Collection   (editor)   Polygon, 2001

The Hundred and Ninety-Nine Steps   Canongate, 2001

The Courage Consort   Canongate, 2002

The Crimson Petal and the White   Canongate, 2002

The Fahrenheit Twins and other stories   Canongate, 2005

The Apple   Canongate, 2006

Vanilla Bright Like Eminem   Harcourt, 2007

The Fire Gospel   Canongate, 2008

Prizes and awards

1996   Ian St James Award

1996   Macallan/Scotland on Sunday Short Story Competition   (short story - 'Fish')

1997   Neil Gunn Prize

1999   Saltire Society Scottish First Book of the Year Award   Some Rain Must Fall and Other Stories

2000   Whitbread First Novel Award   (shortlist)   Under the Skin

 

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